A team of Northumbrian Water employees have grown some fan-tache-tic moustaches to raise funds for charity Movember, in a bid to help tackle men's suicide.


It wasn't a close shave for the team of four sewer men who smashed their fundraising target of £1,000 by raising over £1,200 for Movember. 


Movember is the leading global charity dedicated to changing the face of men's health, helping fund projects and research into prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. 


The Northumbrian Water workers joined more than 68,000 people across the country who spent the month of November growing moustaches in aid of the charity.


Martin Makinson, who lives in Horsley and works as a Sewerage Maintenance Team Leader at Northumbrian Water, said: "It's the second year that I've supported Movember and I'm really pleased that we've managed to raise over £1,200 as a team. 


"This charity do an amazing job supporting men's health on a global scale and are passionate about increasing awareness of its causes, something which is so important to me and the team.


"The statistics around men's suicide are heart-breaking, with over 75% of suicides in the UK being men. This really highlights the importance of talking and breaking the stigma that still exists around men's mental health."


By 2030, Movember aims to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25% through early intervention, engaging men and working to their strengths - helping to stop men from dying too young.


Lauren Worley, Head of Community Fundraising at Movember, said: "The dedicated fundraising efforts of our community are vital in allowing us to invest in research and projects which have a positive, lasting impact on men's health.


"It's great to see the Northumbrian Water guys smash their target in 2019, and we appreciate their efforts.


"All funds raised by our community supporters are ultimately helping us change the face of men's health."


To find out more about The Movember Foundation and to make a donation visit, https://uk.movember.com/