Opticians in Hull have raised vital funds for men’s health charities by cultivating magnificent moustaches throughout November.
Movember, a month long event held each year, sees men growing moustaches to raise awareness and funds for neglected and sometimes taboo problems like prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
Staff from the Specsavers store in Hull including, Jon Leach, Tom Pinkney, Richard Burke and Andy Harding, began the month with clean shaven faces and relegated the razors to their bathroom cabinets for the next four weeks.
Raising awareness and raising money
Andy Harding, store manager at Hull Specsavers on Jameson Street, commented: ‘It’s about awareness as much as money. The donations are amazing and will go to fund vital projects, but the conversations about issues such as prostate care and depression are just as important.’
Store Manager Andy also completed the British Cycling’s ‘Keep it Growing for Movember’ cycle ride – a hefty 50km journey – and hosted a moustache inspired bake sale with his colleagues in store on 24 November.
The store has so far raised a total of £75 for Movember and is continuing to collect donations from colleagues and customers.
Movember was founded in Melbourne in 2003 and now has an official presence in 21 countries. In total, the charity has raised £346 million for men’s health issues. In the UK, Movember has supported projects such as a nationwide survey of patients receiving treatment for prostate cancer and ASAP UK, a partnership of experts brought together to improve the treatment and care of men with prostate cancer.