West Sussex County Tache - Movember challenge

Reporter Ollie McAteer and head of news Mark Dunford sporting handlebars
Reporter Ollie McAteer and head of news Mark Dunford sporting handlebars

Some serious facial hair is being sprouted by members of the West Sussex County Tache team for this year’s Movember challenge.

This month, the news will quite literally by right under our noses.

Reporters Ollie McAteer, Joshua Powling, Stephen Pickthall, head of sport Allan Norbury and head of news Mark Dunford, based in Horsham West Sussex, are taking part in a bid to raise as much money as possible for men’s health - specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

Styles of facial hair from handlebars to howies are well and truely underway in a 30-day tache-off.

Mark said: “Being a huge cricket fan, with the likes of Merv Hughes, David Boon, Graham Gooch and Graeme Souness prominent when I was a youngster, I have always seen the moustache as something only rotund cricketers and 70s footballers could grow with any dignity.

“But now, as Movember is for a such good cause, I feel I can attempt to emulate Big Merv and Goochie with pride and honour.”

Ollie added: “I’ll be donning a strong pair of handlebars all in the name of men’s health.

“Let’s be honest, there’s not much a challenge here compared to most of the fundraising stories we hear.

“But nevertheless, the cause is good, and I encourage you to dig deep and sponsor our fuzzy friends.”

The County Times team have set up an online donation page. You can also view moustache updates on our Facebook page. For more information about the cause and the West Sussex County Tache team visit http://uk.movember.com/team/596757

Men from the Horsham district played a huge part in the national campaign last year.

Staff at Piries Bar in the town centre took home a prize for their upper-lip labour at the Movember award ceremony.