Getting hairy for Movember

045-3The hairiest happening of the year, Movember, has been and gone, with staff from NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) raising almost £1,000 for the cause.

Throughout November, people across the world are encouraged to grow moustaches. This fuzzy occurrence is all to promote awareness of men’s health issues, in particular prostate and testicular cancer, whilst raising vital funds to help combat these illnesses in the process.

Every year the CCG participates in Movember, with members of staff encouraged to cultivate their own hairy creations throughout the no-shave month. This year the organisation’s hardy group of ‘Mo Bros’ were joined by ‘Mo Sistas’ who took part in MOVE, a new initiative that encourages people get physically active whilst fundraising.

Richard Norman, Financial Analyst and moustache ringleader at the CCG, managed to raise funds by organising staff raffles, ‘name the moustache’ competitions and directing supporters to the CCG’s Movember donation page.

Richard, said: “Movember is such a great and worthwhile cause because every year it promotes the need for men to be informed about their own health and when they should pay attention to telltale signs and symptoms and see their GP.

“In support of the event, we’ve seen some fantastic moustaches grace the office throughout the month, and we’ve even managed to surpass last year’s total of £628, raising a fantastic £864 in donations. You can bet we’ll be back strong, and hairy, next year when we hope to breach the £1,000 barrier!”

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 diagnosed every year. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged between 15 and 49, but it has a very high survival rate of 95%. This raises the importance of men regularly checking themselves for any unusual lumps or marks and, if concerned, to book an appointment with their local GP for medical advice.

062Dr Nick Tupper, chair at the CCG, said: “I know from my working role as a local GP that Doncaster men can be a tricky group to engage with when it comes to looking after their health. They often put off seeing their GP about, such as, a lingering cough or passing blood until, sadly, it’s too late for treatment.

“I’m supportive of anything that helps Doncaster men keep a regular check on their health and encourages them to see their GP if they see or feel something that doesn’t seem right. So a big thumbs-up to Movember.”

It’s not too late to show your support for the CCG’s Mo Bros and Sistas by visiting:

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