'Tache for cash: The Bolton News and Bury Times boys grow facial hair for Movember
Back, from left, Nigel Taggart, Andrew Bardsley and Gus Sivyer. Front: Steven Thompson, Julian Thorpe and Liam Thorp
THE Bolton News boys are preparing for a ’tache-tastic November — as the team is ditching razors and shaving foam to take part in Movember.
The charity campaign sees the men of the world unite to grow a moustache in 30 days to support men’s health causes.
Other causes supported by Movember include charities fighting testicular cancer and mental health.
Reporter Liam Thorp said: “Movember is more than just a laugh. Of course, it will be a lot of fun, seeing the guys in the office and maybe poking a bit of fun at whoever grows the worst moustache.
“But I think we are all aware that it is more than a bit of fun — and it’s also more than just raising money, it’s about promoting much-needed awareness about a disease that kills 10,000 men every year.”
Deputy news editor Steven Thompson said: “The results on my face will no doubt be as hilarious as they are pathetic. Some of the other chaps in the office appear to be able to grow facial hair at will, so I’m a bit nervous about how bad my attempts will look in comparison.
“My dad was a proud ’tache-wearer for years, so I’m looking forward to keeping up the family tradition.
“Some of my mates have done Movember in previous years and I know they’ve all had a good laugh about it and raised money for a good cause at the same time, so I’m sure we will do the same.”
Multimedia editor Julian Thorpe added: “I’m often ordered by my wife to have a shave, and now I finally have a genuine excuse to say no.
“The downside is that for the best part of a month I will look like an idiot, but it’s for a good cause, so I can live with that.”
Chief photographer Gus Sivyer said: “While this challenge has provoked many laughs in the office, and I’m sure elsewhere in Bolton, it’s important to remember it’s for a very good cause and I would urge people to donate anything they can.”
Other staff members taking part are photographers Nigel Taggart, Steve Holt and Richard Holton, and reporters Andrew Bardsley, Jeremy Culley and Neil Robertson. Follow the team’s progress on our website.
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- Movember was launched in 2004 in Australia, when it raised £21,600.
- It has grown massively and last year a £92 million was raised globally.
- This year more than three million people will take part in Movember across 21 countries.
- The campaign raises money for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues.
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer — more than 10,000 every year in England, Scotland and Wales.
- One in eight men will get prostate cancer and more than 250,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer.
- In 2010, 2,286 men in the UK were diagnosed with testicular cancer and there were 75 deaths from it in the UK.
- Rersearch shows 17 per cent of men are likely to be treated for mental health issues.
- Men are more likely than women to have an alcohol or drug problem and almost three quarters of people dependent on cannabis and 69 per cent of those dependent on other illegal drugs are male.
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