Take a look at Sunderland’s fan-tash-tic Movember offerings

Echo Deputy Editor Richard Ord sports his moustache of two weeks growth for the Movember campaign. Below, Kirk Wandless and Dave Mackel.
Echo Deputy Editor Richard Ord sports his moustache of two weeks growth for the Movember campaign. Below, Kirk Wandless and Dave Mackel.
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MACKEM men are enjoying an 80s revival in aid of charity.

Men across the city are joining the ranks of sportmen and celebrities, raising cash for charity by growing moustaches.

Kirk Wandless and his Movember facial hair.

Kirk Wandless and his Movember facial hair.

Across the world, facial hair is sprouting as the “Mo-Bros” take part in Movember, which involves leaving the top lips unshaven for the whole of this month.

As well as being good fun, the event aims to raise money and awareness of men’s health issues, particularly prostrate cancer, which affects one in nine men.

Among those taking part are Sunderland AFC footballer, David Meyler, and the Sunderland Echo’s deputy editor, Richard Ord.

Richard, 46, said: “I just thought it was for a very good cause and I’ve never had a moustache before, so I thought I would give it a go.

Dave Mackel sporting facial hair for Movember.

Dave Mackel sporting facial hair for Movember.

“My wife hates it, but the kids were all for it.”

Residents have been sending in their photos, including Kirk Wandless, who said: “It’s OK to look like Burt Reynolds for a month to highlight men’s health.”

Dave Mackel, 54, of Portchester Square, Pennywell, Sunderland, said: “Rufus Hound eat your heart out.”

Matt Duerden, 46, of Davison Street, East Boldon, is also taking part in Movember and is hoping to raise £500 for Cancer Connections.

The dad-of-two said: “At the moment I look like I have an iron filing above my top lip.

“It’s not quite a Thomas Magnum moustache just yet, but it won’t be long before it gets straggly. I’m just going to let it run free.

“I wanted to do it because I know people who have been victims of cancer, and it affects so many lives.

“This is a great opportunity to raise money which will go towards fighting to combat the disease.”

Movember began in 2004 with just 450 participants and raised about £22,000, but 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 and donations can be made by visiting uk.movember.com.

If you want to support Richard Ord’s Movember efforts in aid of charity, dontations can be made at www.justgiving.com/Richard-Ord100

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