New look for Les gives charities a big boost

A clean-shaven Leslie George
A clean-shaven Leslie George

A Strathdon gamekeeper, who has worn his signature moustache since he was a teenager, has had it waxed off to raise cash for men’s health charities.

For 32 years, Leslie George, 50, has had a full moustache, with even wife Sonia never having seen him without his trademark bristles.

However, at the weekend in the Colquhonnie Hotel, in front of around 50 well-wishers, Les had his moustache removed by beautician daughter, Natasha, raising more than £2500 for the Movember Foundation.

The Foundation is a global men’s health charity aiming for a 25 per cent reduction in the number of men dying prematurely from cancer and mental health conditions by 2030.

Fellow gamekeepers from Grampian Moorland Group, Peter Butowski, Joe Francis and Andy Kirk, joined their colleague for ‘moral support’ and also felt the power of the waxing strip.

Les said: “Gamekeepers tend not to talk about things like health, really, but I think it is a very important cause.

“I first grew my moustache when I was 18 and I’ve had it since. My wife hasn’t even seen me without it. In fact, it is probably only my family who have seen me without one.

“There was discussions about shaving it off. I thought it was maybe a bit tame and, after a bit of arm bending from my daughter, who is a trained beautician, I agreed to have it waxed off.”

Grampian Moorland Group co-ordinator, Lianne MacLennan, who was in the audience on the night, praised the group for their contribution.

She said: “The lads have had a lot of fun and I know there are others within the gamekeeping community in other parts of Scotland who are getting involved as well.

“Because of their work, there is a perception sometimes that gamekeepers tend to not put themselves forward for things. They actually have as much of a sense of fun as anyone else, and are thoughtful about issues like these charities, in their own quiet way. It was a great night.”