Movember fever! Send in your top 'tache photos to raise awareness
Movember fever has taken over the Leicester Mercury office – and now we are asking our male readers to show us their mos.
From handlebars to Magnum PIs, we want to see pictures of the moustaches being grown across the county.
Movember, which runs in November each year, encourages men across the world to grow a moustache to raise money and awareness of male health issues, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Mercury reporter Peter Warzynski, 32, and business editor Ian Griffin, 37, are among those ditching their daily shaving routine this month – despite some mild protestations from their fiancees.
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Although enjoying the novelty of growing a moustache, Peter said there was still a serious message to get out.
He said: "I'm very aware of my own health and I think it's important that others are, too.
"My dad, Andrew, died from cancer in 2005 and shortly afterwards I decided to run the New York Marathon to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Research.
"The Mercury photography team took part in Movember last year and I decided back then it would be fun to see what I looked like with a moustache.
"My fiancee, Grania, isn't too keen, but I'll shave it off on December 1, which isn't too far away."
Ian said: "It's for some great causes and although it's been a bit itchy at times, I'm gradually getting used to it. It's not something I plan to keep for my wedding day, but it's been fun taking part in Movember."
The Mercury is calling on men taking part to e-mail us their photographs, along with their name, age, address, details of their reasons for taking part and information on how to donate to their cause.
Andrew Timms, a partner in business advisory firm Cooper Parry, in Leicester, is among a team of 11 from the company taking part. They have raised almost £1,000 so far.
Mr Timms said: "It's something that's so easy to do and doesn't inconvenience anyone, so we thought it would be great to get involved and have a bit of fun."
Leicester Tigers players are also getting in on the action, with several sporting moustaches in Sunday's match against London Irish.
Matt Cornwell, Jordan Crane, Rob Hawkins, Toby Flood and Julian Salvi are among those getting involved.
Captain Geordan Murphy said: "We're having a good laugh about it but there's a serious side to it, too and, it's in aid of good causes."
Staff at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service have also taken on the challenge. Steve Lunn, assistant chief fire officer, said: "We'd encourage everyone to support Movember.
"All manner of fantastic facial fuzz has started to appear on top lips at headquarters and fire and rescue stations, with styles varying from full-on mutton chops to a Burt Reynolds special."
Jon Sim, community manager for Movember, said: "It's fantastic that so many people are getting behind Movember.
"Even if they don't raise huge amounts of money, it can spark a conversation in the office and elsewhere and that all helps to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer."
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