Marshall marks Movember - the moustache growing season


All records were broken at Marshall of Cambridge when almost 100 employees took part in the annual moustache-growing competition to raise money for the Movember Campaign, which raises awareness for Prostate Cancer and raises funds for research purposes.

With an average of half an inch of growth among nearly 100 employees, over 4 feet of moustache was grown with employees raising a staggering figure now nearing £8,000 for this important cancer charity.  Winner of the Most Magnificent Moustache Award was Ben Grant. 

Ben, who has worked for Marshall for nearly four years in HIOS, said: ‘It has been great fun and raised a lot of money for a very good cause’. Runners up were Tim Windsor, Rob Boyle, Jason Norris, Brian Williams, Mark Johnston (all Marshall Aerospace Employees), Mark Pinkney (a contractor currently working on Project ERP with IT) and Wayne Linnett from the Marshall Motor Group Narborough Honda Franchise.

Most prolific fund-raiser was Chris Bunney, closely followed by Rob Boyle and Charles Crawford.  Chris, a 30-year Marshall Employee, has also grown his hair – described by some as a midlife crisis, he took much ribbing because of his appearance which resembled D'Artagnan of the Three Musketeers and to enter into the spirit of it Chris dressed up in a suitable guise to raise even more money. Chris’ own fundraising initiative raised £770 and with the combined effort of co-Mo Charles Crawford, supported by Mo Sisters, Amy Stratford and Kat Graham as ‘Team Commercial TPS’ they raised over £1,400.  Chris said: ‘Charles and I set out to raise £1,000 between us as we have both lost close friends and family to cancer.  We are delighted with our final result.’

The event was jointly organised by Jamie Maguire and Chris Owen, both of whom work in Marshall IT Department and who are active members of the Marshall Young Persons Group.  This group focuses on the activities of the younger Marshall Employees, which particularly includes fundraising each year.

The moustaches were judged by Terry Holloway, Group Support Executive, who commented: ‘This is the second year in which Marshall Employees have taken part in this Movember event and we are enormously proud of the enthusiasm and commitment of our employees for taking part and raising so much money for such an important charity’.

The attached photographs show Ben Grant (winner of the Most Magnificent Moustache Award) proudly showing off his winning moustache.  In the Group Photograph, Terry Holloway, Group Support Executive (donning a fake moustache in the spirit of the event!) is pictured with organisers Jamie Maguire and Chris Owen and some of the runners up and entrants in this competition, featuring of course D’Artagnan (alias Chris Bunney).




During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men

On Movember 1st, guys register at with a clean-shave face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Mo Sistas are the women who register to support the men in their lives, raising funds by seeking sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember


Founded in 1909 with little capital as a chauffeur drive company in Cambridge, Marshall moved into the retail motor business in 1910, obtained Distributorship for Cambridgeshire in 1920 and entered the aviation business in 1929.  With all its growth funded by ploughed-back profits, the Marshall Group remains a privately owned family Company, with a turnover of over the Austin £1bn per annum.  The Group of Companies is chaired by the third generation of the Marshall family, and employs members of the fourth generation.  The Group currently employs just over 4,000 people working in the fields of aerospace engineering; design and manufacture of specialist vehicle applications, military mobility shelters and hospital surgical units; motor vehicle sales and after sales support; refrigerated transport sales and support; and property ownership and management.   (




For further information contact: TERRY HOLLOWAY
Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies
The Airport, Newmarket Road
Cambridge, CB5 8RX
Tel: 01223 373227 (Office)./ 07785 316763 (mobile)




Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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