Fan-tash-tic month for charities

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PROSTATE CANCER charities are set to benefit from a crop of new moustaches being grown across Formartine this month, as men across the region run the gauntlet of female opprobrium to embrace Movember.

The sponsored moustache-athon is designed to raise funds and awareness of mens’ cancers of the prostate and testicles. Over the course of a month, participants cultivate their facial hair, risking derision and cheek from spouses, friends and family.

Among those sporting fully-furred top lips will be former Ellon hockey Captain Adam Murray, and team-mates Gordon Davidson and Mark Joss, who hope their efforts will raise cash for male cancers.

Adam told the Times: “My female friends are all in admiration for my selfless quest for facial topiary and think it is a great cause. My wife, however, hates it as she says it is like “kissing her dad”! I have no target in mind - I’m happy for people to donate pennies, but pounds would be nicer. If everybody gave their spare change it could make a real difference.

The statistics, he said, demonstrated the need for action.

“One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and this year 37,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed.”

To find out more about Movember, visit, and to sponsor the Ellon hockey players go to