Sunderland teachers sport their Movember ’tache for cash

Some staff members at Red House Academy have started growing moustaches for Movember.

Some staff members at Red House Academy have started growing moustaches for Movember.

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TEACHERS are taking a ribbing from their students – but its all in a good cause.

Male members of staff at two Sunderland schools are joining men across the world taking part in Movember to highlight men’s health issues.

Staff at Sandhill View School join in Movember.

Staff at Sandhill View School join in Movember.

The fellas at Sandhill View School and Red House Academy are enjoying an 80s revival by growing moustaches for charity.

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.

The event aims to raise money and awareness of men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer, which affects one in nine men.

At Red House Academy, in Rutherglen Road, this is the second time members of staff have taken part in Movember.

The organiser, sports teacher David Baines, said: “I play rugby and was doing Movember with my team anyway, so I decided to get others at school involved as well.”

He said the students were having with the moustaches and there was also a lot of competition between the men as to who can grow the best one.

Staff at Sandhill View School, in Grindon Lane, are taking part for the first time, and are delighted with the response to the facial hair, which they hope will raise about £1,000.

Paul Cockburn, performing arts facilitator at the school, said: “The response has been fantastic and the kids have been drawing moustaches on their fingers and holding them up to their faces in support when they see one of us.

“It has also been a really good way to help raise the profile of men’s health and issues among the students.”

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