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CBRE staff bring facial hair back into fashion

A group of staff from the Birmingham office of property consultants CB Richard Ellis turned their facial hair into funds to raise more than £3,000 for charity.

The six people, including managing director Martin Guest and chairman of regional business Julian Shellard, abandoned their razors and grew moustaches throughout November to take part in the annual ‘Movember’ challenge, in support of The Prostate Cancer Charity.
Not since the Village People has such an impressive selection of ‘top lip ticklers’ been on display, with those taking part modeling their moustaches on those worn by famous fans of the once fashionable facial feature, including Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck and the Chuckle Brothers.
At the start of ‘Movember’ participants – known as ‘Mo Bros’ – register with a clean-shaven face. They then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustaches, while raising as much money and awareness about prostate cancer as possible.
Martin Guest said: “This is a great fun way of raising money and getting a serious message across, which is why when we first heard about it we wanted to get involved.
“We’ve had some funny looks and remarks when attending meetings, but that’s the whole point of it. It’s an opportunity to explain why you are doing it and spread the message.
“After four weeks, I am, however, looking forward to having a shave. I don’t think I can pull off a moustache as well as Tom Selleck.”
Every year, thousands of moustache wearing wannabes in the UK and across the globe take part in ‘Movember’.
In the UK, the money raised will be used by The Prostate Cancer Charity to fund research into the causes, treatments and impact of living with prostate cancer; provide information through its website and essential fact sheets; and to pay for the charity's helpline, which is staffed by specialist nurses.
Every year about 35,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 10,000 men die from of the disease. It is now the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK with at least one man dying from it every hour.