Razors at the ready as Movember comes to an end in Norwich

Thousands of men in Norwich are looking rather fresh-faced today after the cult moustache-growing campaign Movember came to a close.

Throughout last month moustaches of all shapes and sizes were grown all around the world in support of the popular men's health campaign, which raises funds for charities such as the Prostate Cancer Charity.

How much has been raised by men in the Norwich area is almost impossible to determine, but it is certainly in the tens of thousands.

One of the most successful Norwich companies fundraising for Movember were Aylsham Road-based Smith and Pinching.

The financial advisors and insurance brokers had 22 staff growing their own charity facial fluff. They held a fun day to mark the end of Movember yesterday to celebrate raising more than �7,000. 'We are very proud of our blokes here for what they have done,' a company spokesman said. 'It's the first year that we have really done Movember and I don't think anyone expected us to quite raise that much so we are very proud of them.'

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Staff at insurance giant Aviva raised around �10,000 in its Norwich offices.

Jason Keegan, senior finance manager and Movember member at Aviva said: 'I think we can all say that we have entertained the whole business with our variety of upper lip creations and as times draw closer to the inevitable shave-off we all find ourselves wrestling with the full spectrum of 'e-mo-tions'!'

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Norwich City fans currently sit 43rd on the official Movember website's network leaderboard, having raised �6,449 so far.

The Evening News' sports desk contributed just over �1,000 to that total.

Sports desk Movember captain, Pete Raven, said: 'At the start of the month we expected to raise no more than �500 but to have doubled that is a magnificent effort from all involved. It's safe to say all of us – with the exception of Milton Lindsay who wants to keep warm over winter – are looking forward to getting the razors out. Many thanks to all those generous types out there who donated.'

While sports editor, Chris Lakey, added: 'I would rather walk to Cromer and back over hot coals than grow this again, but it was worth it in the end raising so much money for a good cause.'

The Evening News will be publishing lots of Movember pictures from around Norwich tomorrow. To get your Mo' included, email your picture, with your full face able to be seen with the moustache, your name, age and where you're from to david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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