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Somerset players supporting Movember

Several of the Somerset squad have been lending their support to Movember this month.

Ben Green, Roelof van der Merwe, Ollie Sale, Eddie Byrom and Marchant de Lange amongst others have been growing and styling their facial hair to help raise money for the charity which is designed to make a difference in the areas of mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

The aim of Movember is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by the year 2023.

Ben explains why he and his teammates have once again decided to support the charity?

“Raising awareness of testicular cancer and prostate cancer is always important,” he said. “Given everything that’s happened this year, the main thing for me was the mental health aspect of what the Movember charity is about. It’s been a tough year for everyone in many different ways and a lot of people’s mental health will have been impacted in a negative way by what’s been happening.

“I’ve done Movember before but the work that they are doing in the field of suicide prevention is key for me in 2020. I genuinely believe that this year is the most important year that I’ve done it because of everything that’s happened. It’s such a good cause and we’re all really pleased to be helping them out.”

Ben sported a mustache during the 2020 season and it proved so popular that his facial hair even had its own parody Twitter account.

“People grew accustomed to me having a mustache during the season,” he explained. “I can assure you that it did take a leave of absence in October and I’ve now grown it back.”

Has there been some healthy competition between the mustache growers?

“Most of us have gone for the standard look this year. I attempted the handlebars but it was a bit too patchy. Ollie’s facial hair is the wrong colour so it doesn’t look like he’s even got a mustache, as you can see from the picture. Marchant has obviously got a strong mustache game whilst Eddie has gone for a ponytail and little mustache. There are some good looks in the dressing room, but I know that Roelof’s wife isn’t a big fan of his.”

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men.

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