The final ‘tache tastic total is now confirmed

From left, Harborough town centre co-ordinator Helen Nicholls, Mo'ket Harborough committee member Sarah Blackler, head of communities for Movember UK Jon Sim, Mo'ket Harborough committee member Duncan Murray, Market Harborough Building Society chief executive Mark Robinson, Mo'ket Harborough committee member Megan Murray and leader of Harborough District Council Blake Pain during last Tuesday's campaign wrap-up
From left, Harborough town centre co-ordinator Helen Nicholls, Mo'ket Harborough committee member Sarah Blackler, head of communities for Movember UK Jon Sim, Mo'ket Harborough committee member Duncan Murray, Market Harborough Building Society chief executive Mark Robinson, Mo'ket Harborough committee member Megan Murray and leader of Harborough District Council Blake Pain during last Tuesday's campaign wrap-up

All the pennies have been counted and a final total has now been confirmed for last month’s ‘tache-tastic Mo’ket Harborough campaign.

The town’s fundraising efforts have tallied an astonishing £16,500 in aid of the Movember UK charity.

Last Tuesday, key supporters of the Harborough initiative got together to officially sign-off on this year’s appeal.

They were joined by Movember UK head of communities Jon Sim.

Last month Market Harborough became 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 moustache-growing month Movember.

The town was renamed Mo’ket Harborough and scores of fun events, promotions and sales were held to help raise funds.

The total amount raised by our town was the 29th highest in the entire UK.

Mr Sim said: “The efforts of everyone associated with Mo’ket Harborough epitomises the community spirit inherent in Movember.

“That’s not to say the gang haven’t gone the extra mile because they have, and then some! Here’s to 2015.”

Stalwarts of the Mo’Ket Harborough committee – Duncan and Megan Murray, Nathan Shelton, and Paul and Sarah Blackler – this week issued a huge thank-you to everyone for their support.

They said: “A year ago, the men having shaved off the moustaches of 2013, we talked about this daft idea of doing something charitable and bringing the town together in a community spirit.

“Now, thanks to the people and businesses of Market Harborough, more than £16,500 will make its way to supporting prostate and testicular cancer charities, and, for the first time this year, mental health charities.

“But while we have raised the profile of men’s health, we have also worked so hard and well together and thus proved that working as a community can be fun, rewarding and a way of building new friendships.

“We looked up the definition of thanks; it seems such a small word when you want to express how grateful you are to people – but there it was – thanks – an expression to show gratitude!

“So, a huge, massive thank you to all that took part and donated, and to those who paid money in without us knowing, the Harborough Colts, Market Harborough Choral Society and Gartree High School in Oadby to name a few.

“We only wish we could write everyone down but the Mail wouldn’t be big enough!

“Market Harborough has proven that people can achieve anything they put their minds to, not only for charity but our town as well.”