Time to stop shaving and become a Mo Bro

Clean shaven MP Mike Penning is taking part in Movember 2012.
Clean shaven MP Mike Penning is taking part in Movember 2012.

A usually clean shaven Mike Penning will be sporting a new hairy look this month for Movember.

Hemel Hempstead’s MP will be resisting the urge to shave in a bid to raise cash and awareness of men’s health issues, particularly prostate and testicular cancers.

Mr Penning said: “I have never grown a moustache in my life so this seems as good a time as any to try.

“Please support me and help raise awareness of these terrible diseases.”

Also getting involved with the worldwide fundraiser is Hemel Hempstead’s own Kent Brushes in London Road, Apsley.

Staff there are busy making handmade moustache combs created especially for the charity drive, which came about when the firm’s bosses met the Australian founders of Movember three years ago.

Since 2010 Kent Brushes has made 24,000 of the combs, raising around £100,000 for good causes. That figure is quickly rising and it is down to three ladies in the brush factory to produce the combs, which each take around 20 minutes to make.

At the moment between 70 to 80 online orders are coming in daily, but creative director Ben Cosby said: “It really does go bananas when it gets halfway through November – that is when the figure will go up to 150 a day.”

Sponsor Mr Penning at http://mobro.co/mikepenningmp and get your Movember comb at www.kentbrushes.co.uk