Mo’ket Harborough ends with a flourish

Moustache-growing month Movember ended with a real flourish in Harborough last weekend with several events nudging the final total for the town near the £15,000 mark.

Market Harborough is the first town in the UK and just the second in the world to team up as an entire town to raise money and awareness for the Movember cause, Prostate Cancer UK.

In the frame...back, Barry Chainey, Ed Harper and Nathan O'Sullivan of Mercado Lounge. Front, Bob Keal, Brett Meville, Dr Jethro Shell and Fingers Copson. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

In the frame...back, Barry Chainey, Ed Harper and Nathan O'Sullivan of Mercado Lounge. Front, Bob Keal, Brett Meville, Dr Jethro Shell and Fingers Copson. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

The town was renamed Mo’ket Harborough last month and fun events, promotions and sales were held to help raise funds for charity.

And the month ended with a last hurrah on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Friday night saw two big events in the town centre.

One was at Market Harborough Conservative Club featuring live music from band Fingers and Fumbs and a raffle with more than 70 prizes donated by town centre businesses. It raised £1,400.

The other was at the Mercado Lounge bar, in Abbey Street, which held a Movember ball with DJ, photo booth, raffle and 50p from every Mo-jito cocktail sold went to the cause. The night raised £600.

And a friendly rugby match which featured Tigers’ legends Richard Cockerill and Geordan Murphy was held at Market Harborough Rugby Club on Sunday afternoon. It raised £276 and the match finished in a nailbiting 27-27 draw.

Sarah Blackler, from the Mo’Ket Harborough committee, said: “Duncan, Megan, Nathan, Paul and I would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who has made Mo’ket Harborough such a success.

“Not only has a significant amount of money been made, but friendships and business networks have brought the community closer together.

“Our intention was to raise the profile of men’s health and our town, and thanks to your support we have achieved all we set out to and more.”