Ian Gosden shaves beard off to raise funds for MovemberFriday 31st October 2014
Ian Gosden, managing director of Higos Insurance Services, is taking part in Movember...but with a difference.
Whilst most Movember participants grow a moustache over the course of the month, Ian has raised funds by shedding his beloved beard – which has been in place since 1978. Ian has joined the Higos staff Movember team ‘The Higos Hairy Brokers’, and will grow his moustache and beard throughout November, raising vital funds for Movember, which supports men’s health charities.
Staff at Higos raised over £700 for Movember last year but really wanted to do more in 2014. So, through a series of fundraising activities such as cake sales, sky dives, quizzes and dress down days, Higos staff have already raised over £3,000 and now they have challenged their boss to do the same!
On the day of the shave Ian Gosden commented: “My top lip had not seen the light of day since the moustache first started to grow. The moustache developed into a beard, which until today, had been in place since I was 18 years old, a total of 36 years – which is before Margaret Thatcher came into power! This is a really big deal for me. Close members of my family – had never seen me without a beard. Many of my friends had never seen me without a beard and all of my staff at Higos had never seen me without a beard.”
Ian’s beard was shaved off by professional ‘cut throat’ barber Phil Weaver at the Higos office in Somerton on Thursday 30th October. Photographs of The Great Shave Off can be seen below. Ian would be very grateful for any support – donations can be made via www.justgiving.com/Ian-Gosden