A South East Water scientist has pledged to keep his moustache for a whole year after blitzing his Movember target.

James Phillis donned a new look to help raise cash for men’s health and support. He vowed he would keep the new style if he could get more than £500.

And after raking in more than £650 so far, James is now set to keep his pledge.

The 36-year-old said: “I promised I would keep the moustache if I hit my target and I’m a man of my word.

“Growing a moustache is the fun part but the Movember campaign helps fund serious causes and I wanted to do my bit to help out this year.

“Thank you to everyone who has donated so far and I look forward to rocking my new look for the next year.”

James works as a Microbiologist at South East Water’s state-of-the-art water testing laboratory in Farnborough, Hampshire.

The site tests more than 500,000 water samples every year to ensure the company’s drinking water is of the highest possible quality.

Marcus Bedford, Microbiology Manager, said: “We do a number of events for charity some of the staff in the Microbiology lab decided to grow moustaches this year for Movember.

“I’m delighted to see how much money we have raised and I’m really proud of everyone’s efforts. It’s a fan-tash-tic achievement.

“The moustache really suits James - thankfully as he has now got to keep it for a whole year.”

As a leading charity tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention on a global scale, Movember makes change happen.

To donate to James’ cause, visit: https://mobro.co/jamesphillis

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