You may have noticed some ‘tache twiddling going on in our flagship Helsby store and Runcorn Distribution Centre this month… but it’s all in a good cause.
Things have been getting hairy at Land of Beds as our team of ‘Mo Bros’ have taken on the Movember Challenge in a bid to raise awareness of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate and testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.
Our ‘Mo Heroes’ – including Bed Specialist Marcus Lightfoot, Software Developers Sam Mills and Mat Vaughan, and Kevin Rimmer and Darren Thompson from our Logistics team – started 1 November clean-shaven. They have been growing and grooming their moustaches ever since – raising money along the way to benefit men’s health.
“We’re tackling these important issues face-first,” says our Director Mike Murray, who has also ditched his razor for the 30-day charity challenge.
“At Land of Beds, we have a proud tradition of promoting good causes. By growing moustaches and fundraising for men’s health charities through the Movember Foundation, we hope to inspire our customers to live healthier, happier and longer lives.
‘I’d personally like to thank my fellow colleagues and ‘Mo Bros’ for taking part, our ‘Mo Sistas’ for supporting us, and all our friends and families for their generous donations.”
On average, across the world, men die six years earlier than women. Moreover, poor mental health affects men more than women; three-quarters of suicides are by men. The World Health Organisation estimates that 510,000 men die from suicide globally each year; that’s one every minute.
The impact of prostate and testicular cancer on lives is substantial, with prostate cancer being the second-most common cancer in men worldwide – and the number of cases expected to almost double to 1.7 million cases by 2030.
The Movember Foundation’s goal, through the power of moustaches, is to fund breakthrough solutions that produce tangible improvements in the lives of those dealing with prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.
To donate to the Land of Beds Mo Bros team, please click here.
Have you been taking part in Movember too? We’d love to see your whiskers! Tag us in your photos and tell us how much you have raised so far in the comments below!