Sunderland’s David Meyler pays lip service to Movember

David Meyler and his Movember moustache

David Meyler and his Movember moustache

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SUNDERLAND star David Meyler is sporting a new look as he joins the ranks of moustache-growing supporters of a charity campaign.

The Sunderland AFC footballer is among the sportsmen, celebrities and fund-raisers across the globe taking part in Movember, where men leave their upper lips unshaven for the whole of this month.

The “Mo-Bros” are raising money for charity and awareness about men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer.

Meyler, seen by fans sporting his newly-grown facial hair in Sunderland’s trip to Manchester United, said, “I’m getting tortured by my team-mates for my tash, but they are all being very supportive to me and making sure I don’t bottle it and shave it off!

“The campaign is fantastic. Even if I can get just one more person to take notice of their health then I know I have made a difference.”

Others taking part in Movember include world champion athlete Mo Farah and Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson. Movember began in 2004 with just 450 participants and raised about £22,000.

Last year, the campaign attracted nearly 450,000 willing moustache-growers across the globe, who between them raised £48.5million.

Funds from Movember go to the Prostate Cancer charity and the Institute of Cancer Research.

Research shows that one in nine men will be affected by prostate cancer.

Over the past seven years, Movember has raised more than £106million.

If any Echo readers are taking part in Movember, we’d love to see some pictures of your attempts. Please email photos and details to echo.news@northeast-press.co.uk