Two members of staff at Specsavers, in Bridgnorth are helping change the face of men’s health, by competing against one another to pull in the most pounds for charity by growing moustaches throughout the hirsute month of 'Movember'.
Andy Hall, store manager and Veejay Jhalley, optometrist normally report for duty clean-shaven but they are breaking that habit by taking part in the annual moustache growing event. The duo, united in their commitment to moustachery, competing to grow the best ‘Mo’, are raising funds with the help of customers, family and friends.
Teresa Hughes, store director says ‘Our Mo Bros have received some great support for their ‘tache efforts. Too many people die from male cancers and Movember is the perfect opportunity to remind men to check their balls, have annual prostate check-ups and to research any history of the diseases in their family.
‘I hope our customers will help the boys to raise as much as we can for charities that help our fellow man. I'm sure that by the end of the month they’ll make for an amusingly hairy sight together!'
Donations will be collected throughout November with all the money raised going to Prostate Cancer UK, The Institute of Cancer Research and The Movember Foundation to help reduce cancer deaths.
The worldwide fundraising event was first started in Melbourne, Australia. It is organised by non-government organisation The Movember Foundation to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer. According to the charity, on average men live five to six years less than women and more than five men die prematurely each hour from potentially preventable illnesses.
By getting men involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments. Ultimately, it aims to reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides getting an annual check-up, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of any family history of cancer, and to adopt a more healthy lifestyle.
To make a donation throughout November, simply drop into Specsavers, 60 High Street, Bridgnorth, WV16 4DB or call 01746 713950.