Jack mans up to grow ‘tache for charity cash

John Mitchell from Thorpe Heasley with his son Jack who is  growing a Moustache for Movember to raise money for cancer charities
John Mitchell from Thorpe Heasley with his son Jack who is growing a Moustache for Movember to raise money for cancer charities
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HUNDREDS of South Yorkshire men are growing moustaches in a hair-raising campaign to raise funds and awareness about male health issues.

The world-wide Movember campaign encourages blokes to grow a ‘tache for cash’ in a month-long endeavour.

Security guard Jack Mitchell, aged 24, from Hackenthorpe, is developing a fine moustache, spurred on by the experiences of his dad John.

Jack said: “I decided to take part this year for my father.

“He had been diagnosed with throat cancer and will receive his all-clear next year - and I dedicate my efforts to him.

“My aim is to increase awareness about men’s health issues.

“It’s something that is under the radar most of the time, mostly due to male pride and embarrassment.”

Four years ago Jack’s father John was told he had terminal throat cancer.

But after surgery and aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy he pulled through and is hoping to be given the all-clear next year.

John, 47, a Virgin Media customer relations worker who lives in Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham, said: “I am really proud with what Jack is doing.

“You hear about women’s issues like breast cancer a lot - but very little about men’s health issues like prostate or testicular cancer.”

Also taking part are 29 teachers from Birley Community College - most of the school’s male workforce.

The Birley Mo Bros, led by IT and business teacher Paul Richards, are sprouting moustaches for the Prostate Cancer charity.

To spur participants on, the Common Room pub on Division Street has a Movember Cocktail menu running all month with 25p per drink sold going straight to the charity.

They are holding a Shave Off Party on Wednesday November 30, with DJs playing Northern Soul and Motown.

A barber will be on hand for fundraisers who don’t want to keep their bristles.

n Are you taking part in Movember? Send a picture of your moustache to ben.spencer@thestar.co.uk or via Twitter @ben_spencer.