A GROUP of school groundsmen and gardeners are due for a trim of their own this month after growing moustaches to support cancer charities.
Staff at Uppingham School are among those taking part in Movember, a global event where men are encouraged to grow a moustache to raise money for testicular and prostate cancer charities.
Known as the Upper Lip Plumage Gang, the group has already raised more than £900.
Groundsman Scott Bryan said: “Myself and a friend wanted to do it last year so we’re going to do it this year anyway. We tried to get people involved at work and it turned into a whole department thing.
“Thanks to everyone for donating.”
A group of friends who work in Stamford are also sporting facial foliage this month.
Robert Pinto, who runs C3 in Ironmonger Street, is part of the Stamford Strokers.
He said: “I lost a friend last year to prostate cancer. The cause is close to a lot of people’s hearts.
“I wanted to do something worthwhile to support it. It’s a fun way to raise money.”
A group of 20 Oakham School pupils and staff are sporting moustaches for Movember.
Senior pupils have been allowed to grow facial hair for one month only.
Housemaster Chris Foster, who is also taking part, said: “We hope to be able to raise more than £1,000 for this worthy cause.”
And two girls from Wittering Primary School are also getting in on the fun.
Jade Cosbie-Ross, 10, and her sister, Kelsey, eight, wore fake moustaches to school on Wednesday.
They are supporting their dad Nigel, officer commanding 5131 Bomb Disposal Squadron at RAF Wittering, who is growing a moustache. Headteacher Rhys Thrower also wore a moustache.
To sponsor a group or person visit www.movember.com and search for their name.