Movember fund raising

Paul Kendall of Kendall’s Farm Butchers in Pateley Bridge spent most of November wishing it was December 1.

The third generation butcher wasn’t impatiently waiting to open his advent calender, or hoping for a flood of Christmas orders, Paul was eagerly waiting for the day he could shave his moustache off.

Like thousands of men across the country Mr Kendall and his employee Michael Riley decided to grow a Moustache in November, or Movember, to raise awareness and funds for mens’ cancer.

He said: “I had considered running a half marathon or something like that to raise money for charity, then I though, I’ll do Movember it’ll be easier.

“I couldn’t have been more wrong, it has been such a pain growing this moustache.”

Mr Kendall said customers at the High Street shop hadn’t seemed too keen on his new look.

He said: “We get around 150 customers a day and I have not had one compliment from anybody at all.

“Some people have just been looking at me funnily, some people have realised straight away it must be for Movember and asked where the collection tin is.”

Mr Riley added: “I can definitely pull it off more than Paul, he just looks odd!”

Paul’s new look hasn’t gone down with his family at home either. He said: “I can’t wait to get rid of it my wife hates it, my two children hate it, the only person in my house who has wanted to give me a kiss and a cuddle this month has been the dog.”

The pair raised over £200 in store and Kendall’s butchers matched the donation bringing the total to £500.