Movember has MP motivated to promote prostate cancer awareness

November 17, 2010 12:00 PM

Local MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake has joined the campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer by celebrating Movember. Movember is a worldwide campaign where men grow stylish moustaches to "change the face of prostate cancer".

Starting clean shaven on November 1st, participants are asked to not shave for the entire month of Movember. Then Participants, or Mo Bros, can register online to set up a donation site where their friends, families, and community members can see the progress of their moustache and donate. The funds raised through Movember's UK campaign benefit the The Prostate Cancer Charity (TPCC), the UK's leading prostate cancer charity.

Tom said, "It has been a little bit of a joke around the office, but we are really supporting a good cause. Symptoms of prostate cancer are hard to notice, so many men in the UK may not seek treatment in time. By changing my appearance along with thousands of others in the UK, we stand as a reminder to other men to stay on top of their health."

The Movember movement has grown each year since it began in 2004, expanding to the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, The Netherlands and Finland. Participants have since collected over £26 million in donations for prostate cancer charities.

"We have a team registered on the website" Tom continues. "Even some of my female staff have joined as 'Mo Sisters' to show their support - although none of them are growing a tash."

To donate to Tom's Movember campaign, please visit http://uk.movember.com/mospace/1231784. From there you can find out more about the campaign and how to donate.

ENDS

What would you like to do next?