The Movember Effect
Mo-Bros around the world breathed a sigh of relief on the 1st December as the time came to shave off their furry friends. Our Bad Barnet Barbers Team in Polegate and Hailsham raised more than £400 contributing to the Mo Rated Barbers network total of £21,000.
Our contribution might not be the largest, but Movember isn’t just about money, for us it’s primarily about raising vital awareness for men’s health issues. With so many fundraising campaigns vying for our attention each month, you might question whether Movember really makes a difference – But the answer is yes it really does.
In the UK prostate and testicular cancer has received a massive boost. Prostate Cancer UK, for instance, receives £15million from Movember and puts half of that into research with the other half going to community support services.
In a recent interview with BBC News, Iain Frame, Head of Research at the charity confirmed that the Movember funding has made a huge difference: “There has been less investment in prostate cancer than in breast cancer up until now, partly because it’s a more complicated disease. We’re currently over-diagnosing it simply because there isn’t a routine screening test.”
“Prostate cancer cases have doubled in the past 10 years and we can see the Movember effect in the past four years as the level of investment has started to spike.”
This year globally just under 1 million Mo-Bros raised almost £60 million for men’s health – the UK’s 254,877 participants raising £13 million of that total, meaning yet again we had the most Mo-Bro’s and also raised the second largest amount after Canada (they’re crazy Mo-growers). But, in addition to these impressive funds, by simply growing a moustache each and every Mo-Bro helps to change the face of men’s health.