Christmas charity face auction for in-debt graduates

Ross Harper and Ed Moyse Advertising space on Christmas Day is being auctioned for the Alzheimer's Society

Two former students are auctioning advertising space on their faces on Christmas Day to raise money for charity.

Cambridge graduates Ed Moyse, 22, from Poole, Dorset, and friend Ross Harper, 21, from Blackheath, London, have been selling the space to pay student debts.

They are donating their Christmas Day revenue to the Alzheimer's Society.

Mr Moyse said: "We're used to it now, so painting our faces on Christmas day will be normal."

Student debt

He came up with the idea of advertising on faces with Mr Harper, who studied neuroscience, as a scheme which would not require much investment after they graduated in the summer.

Graduates sell their face space to clear debt

Mr Moyse, who studied economics, said: "It's something a bit different at a time when students feel let down by the education system and the hostile graduate job climate."

They sold their first face adverts to friends and family members with businesses for £1 a day, but have since attracted interest from large corporations keen to target the student market.

Mr Moyse said they were "on track" to pay off their combined student debt next year.

The pair have been travelling around the country and posting pictures of themselves on their website to raise their profile.

"Our girlfriends have given us lots of girlie products like moisturiser and make-up remover to make sure our skin is ok," added Mr Moyse.

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