Nineteen members of staff from Stephens Scown have been looking a little hairier this month, as they take part in Movember. As well as growing some spectacular moustaches, the team has raised over £700.
The Movember Foundation is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health. Movember is an annual event with a simple idea: to grow a moustache in November and raise money and awareness of men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. The money raised by Stephens Scown will be split between the Movember Foundation and Force Cancer Charity.
Justin Butt, an associate in Stephens Scown’s renewable energy team, and the organiser of Movember for the firm said: “It is fantastic to have raised so much money, but even more important is raising awareness of men’s health. We are always encouraged to attend business events and this month our participation in Movember has been a real talking point. People do not find it easy to talk about men’s health and Movember is a great way of breaking down that taboo.
“Another important motivation for us was to raise money for Force Cancer Charity, which has been a great support to one of our colleagues who is beating cancer and has undergone treatment this year.”
Funds raised by Movember in the UK are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and its partners Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research. The funds raised are used to support programmes to raise awareness, increase survivorship from cancer and fund research.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK. Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer and each year over 40,000 men are diagnosed with the disease in Britain. 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives.