Movember raises thousands in Chichester

Staff at Chichester High School for boys raised money for the Movember appeal  this year.
Staff at Chichester High School for boys raised money for the Movember appeal this year.

Charitable men around Chichester have spent a month growing, grooming and gazing at their facial hair to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer.

Movember, a hugely-popular campaign, where men grow moustaches for charity, has attracted not only builder’s merchant Covers to the cause, but staff from Chichester High School for Boys, Stagecoach and Bluebird Care in Chichester.

Stagecoach staff got involved in Movember this year and raised a sizable amount of money for prostate cancer organisations

Stagecoach staff got involved in Movember this year and raised a sizable amount of money for prostate cancer organisations

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants have thanked everyone who joined their Covers mo bro’s team and took part in this year’s campaign.

Henry Green, commercial director, said: “We had in excess of 70 staff and customers join the Covers mo bros group. As a team we are on target to raise over £5,000, which is a fantastic achievement.”

The actual figure raised by Covers was an amazing £6,000, which will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research.

Once again, 24 members of staff from Chichester High School for Boys have been sporting their own moustaches for the month.

A spokesman from the school said: “We are committed to changing the face of men’s health, and have been supporting this charity to promote discussions about men’s health issues.

“The students have been great supporters, with their kind words of encouragement.

The month ended with a staff competition, with a chief ‘mo bro’ voted for by the student body.

A team of ten Stagecoach staff from Chichester and Worthing bus depots have raised more than £800 in sponsorship after participating in the appeal.

Dave Fulford, assistant operations manager, said: “Although all the tashes will be shaved off, we will still keep our donation page open for a few weeks longer to let others make a contribution to the charities.”

Local homecare provider Bluebird Care raised more than £1,200 for the campaign, when seven members of the team grew their own impressive moustaches in November.