Grow a mo’ to grant a wish

A dad is growing a moustache to raise money to pay for a wendy house at his daughter’s pre-school.

Gary Lavender, 32, from Tilgate, is taking part in the nationwide month-long moustache growing campaign called ‘Movember’.

jpco-6-11-13 Gary Lavender is growing a moustache for movember to raise money for a wendy house at Tyke Preschool (Pic by Jon Rigby)

jpco-6-11-13 Gary Lavender is growing a moustache for movember to raise money for a wendy house at Tyke Preschool (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Thousands of men start sprouting hair on their upper lip every year during the month of November in order to raise cash for men’s health programmes and to increase conversations about men’s health.

But Gary has opted to help friends of his three-year-old daughter Charlotte by donating the money he raises to the next item on her pre-school’s wish list - a wendy house.

He said Little Tykes Preschool , in Tilgate Community Centre, always kept a ‘wish list’ of items or projects which the staff were fund raising for.

He said: “I thought it would be nice to get them something nice for Christmas.

“At the community centre doors they’ve got a wish list with projects they are raising money for and I saw they were raising money for a wendy house so I thought that seemed like a good cause.”

Gary has given himself a fundraising target of £300 but said any extra he raised will go toward filling the house with toys.

Rachel Bailey, manager of the pre-school, said staff and children were grateful for Gary’s efforts.

She said: “He’s such a lovely man. It’s lovely when you see a parent like this because he’s helping us provide for the children.

“He’s making a difference not only for these children but to the children of future generations.”

The pre-school already has a wendy house but it was bought second hand a few years ago and the door has fallen off.

Rachel said last year the pre-school raised money for an outside shelter which is currently being put up in the play ground.

She said this will mean children can use their new piece of play equipment throughout the winter.

Anyone wishing to donate to Gary’s cause can do so by contacting Rachel on rachelbailey@tykes-preschool.co.uk

Visit the Little Tykes website at www.tykes-preschool.co.uk.