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Premiership Rugby clubs and fans unite to raise over £41,000 for Movember

Premiership Rugby clubs and fans unite to raise over £41,000 for Movember

Premiership Rugby clubs helped raise more than £41,000 for the Movember Foundation by drumming up tremendous support for their facial hair and MOVE efforts last month.

There were moustaches everywhere throughout November in a bid to raise funds and awareness of men’s health.
 
Wasps, Exeter Chiefs, Harlequins and Leicester Tigers all raised in excess of £1,500, and leading the way was Northampton Saints, who raised a sensational £13,849 – with more than a little help from Northampton Saints fans William Heath and Simon Hammerschmidt.
 
William, 13, is a little way off growing his own moustache but that didn't stop the Mini Mo Bros captain from getting involved in his own unique way for the second year in a row.
 
Last year, the Saints super fan fundraised for Movember by dressing up as different celebrity each day in November – the costumes, of course, being finished with a stick-on moustache.
 
This year, he raised more than £7,500 by donning the stick-on moustache to play a different sport every day, from wakeboarding to netball.
 
And if you were at Franklin’s Gardens, there is no way you would have missed Simon, 53, who painted a rather suspect moustache in Saints' colours of black, green and gold, raising more than £2,300.
 
While Northampton Saints may have topped the fundraising table, Gloucester Rugby made a valiant effort to change the face of men’s health.
 
Led by mo-skipper Jacob Rowan, the Cherry & Whites squad and supporters raised more than £9,000, with hooker Richard Hibbard leading the pack with an impressive £4,000.
 
The club held auctions across social media, with prizes including a signed match shirt, tickets for the New Year’s Day race meet at Cheltenham and a signed England cricket shirt donated by Jonny Bairstow.
 
Gloucester weren't the only club to auction off items, with Harlequins offering an international match shirt signed by Danny Care, Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown and Nick Easter.
 
Leicester Tigers got in on the act with their own signed shirts, Jordan Crane, Peter Betham, Freddie Burns and Tom Croft among those to pitch in for an online auction.
 
Exeter Chiefs went above and beyond, with the entire squad surrendering their upper lip freedom and raising an impressive £3,730 as a result.
 
Wasps were not far behind with £2,109, while Bath Rugby’s efforts also took their tally of donations to four figures.
 
This year's London Double Header at Twickenham on Saturday November 28 saw a moustachioed takeover by our charity partners, Movember.
 
As well as bringing some bristle to upper lips on and off the pitch, and colour to a chilly day, fans were offered the chance to upgrade their seats to the Movember box, by entering into a raffle.
 
It’s not too late to donate and as the sun sets on Movember 2015, we’re asking Premiership Rugby fans to make that final fundraising push and support your club’s efforts.
 
With every pound, we get closer to a world where men live happier, healthier, longer lives.
 
Thank you for taking action on men’s health. Mo on.

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