IT’S all about to get a bit hairy in Petworth, and townspeople will be seeing their posties as they have never been seen before.
For 12 of the town’s postmen are taking part in the national Movember appeal which sees thousands of men, not only in this country but across the world, sprouting moustaches for a good cause.
The aim is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
One of the posties behind the Petworth appeal is Andy Goodyer, who told the Observer: “Each year Royal Mail nationally adopt a charity and this year the charity is Prostate Cancer UK so we thought it would be a good idea to take part in Movember and raise more funds.”
He said Royal Mail would also be matching the posties’ fundraising by donating £1 for each pound raised.
The Petworth posties will be presenting themselves clean-shaven for the start of the challenge on November 1, and then abandoning their razors for the rest of the month.
Under the Movember rules they will be expected not only to grow but also to groom their moustaches.
Official rules dictate: “There is to be no joining of the mo to the sideburns, which is considered a beard, no joining of the handlebars to the chin – considered a goatee – and each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman.”
The doughty dozen are Carmen Simac, Alex Wadey, Simon Wadey, Roger Webb, Adam Exell, Bob Whitton, Stephen Boakes, Dave White, Gary Hamilton, Scott Evans, Terry Carlinee, not forgetting Andy himself.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the Petworth Movember initiative should talk to their postman or visit the office at Petworth Delivery Office in East Street.