Published: 10 Dec 2015

It’s a close shave for motor dealer staff who raise cash for Teesside Hospice

Male members of staff at Jennings Motor Group have been doing their bit for charity, after they agreed to abstain from shaving for an entire month.

15 staff members at the group’s Ford dealerships in Middlesbrough and Stockton agreed to ditch their razors and shavers in a bid to raise funds for the company’s nominated charity, Teesside Hospice.

Money is still being collected and counted for the latest shaving ban fundraising event, but it is expected to exceed the £1000 mark.

Nas Khan, managing director of Jennings Motor Group, said; “Competition was running high amongst participants to see who could grow the best moustache. 

“At the end of the day, it was all about having a bit of fun and at the same time raising as much cash for our nominated charity for 2015, Teesside Hospice.”   

The overall winner, commercial sales executive, Mark Sanders from Jennings Ford’s Transit Centre, was selected by independent judge, David Thompson, who owns Rude Grooming on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough.

As a reward for his efforts, Mark received a voucher for four ball golf at Rockcliffe Hall in Darlington and a free haircut at Rude Grooming.

Throughout the year, staff at the motor dealer group, which operates Ford, Kia, Mazda, SEAT and Mitsubishi dealerships across the region, have taken part in various fundraising events to help raise cash for the local hospice. 

A cheque for more than £5200 has just been presented to the hospice as a result of two recent fundraising events, including a golf day and a soul/motown dance and by the end of the year the grand total raised by staff at Jennings Motor Group is expected to be in excess of £12,000. 

Josephine Galloway, fundraiser at Teesside Hospice, said: “Our Movember moustache challenge was new for 2015 and we are delighted that Jennings Staff decided to support us in this way!  All who took part looked fantastic and together they have raised lots of money for Teesside Hospice.  We can’t thank them all enough!”

Established in 1982, Teesside Hospice is partly funded by the NHS, but needs to raise approximately £5200 each day in order to provide specialist care for local people suffering from life-limiting illness.

Teesside Hospice provides specialist palliative care across many services, including inpatient care, day care service, outpatient clinic and bereavement counselling.

For more information about Teesside Hospice, visit

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