3 December 2014

Without our community, Movember just wouldn't be the same. They give their time and money for the cause they believe in, cooking up some seriously off-the-wall ways to make Movember their own and making fundraising a competitive sport. Here are just a few of our favourite mo-ments from the hairiest month of the year.

All Mo's Great and Small
Without our community, Movember just wouldn't be the same. They give their time and money for the cause they believe in, cooking up some seriously off-the-wall ways to make Movember their own and making fundraising a competitive sport. Here are just a few of our favourite mo-ments from the hairiest month of the year.

London Cabbies

We’ve had incredible support from the London cabbie driver network this year, with hundreds of drivers proudly wearing moustaches and having conversations about the Mo and men’s health. We’ve seen drivers profiled on national and broadcast media sharing their health stories, and even seen a Movember brand-wrapped cab (with Mo Bro Ian at the wheel) looking after Mo Bros through the streets of London for the month.
Team Ubiquitous, who dressed out the taxi in its moustachioed finery, are raising funds and awareness for men's health.

Donate to their Mo Space here.

Moustaches to Ashes

In 2003, Mo Bro Jim and his fellow Mo Bros (Geordie Jim’s Boys) made a naked calendar for Movember. This year Jim came up with the idea ‘Moustaches to ashes’. He decided to gather the local community to come together and support men’s health by walking on fire as a way to say goodbye to the moustaches they have been sporting this Movember. It was a great event, massive support turned up and loads of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas made the walk of flames.
Jim was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was 57, in 2012 his condition worsened and spread to his lymph nodes. Jim decided he didn’t want anyone else to go through what he had. Each year Jim comes up with an even more unusual idea to raise the profile for men’s health. His aim is to put the message out there for men to get regular health checks and if they can save one life by what they do, it’s all worth it.
Check out Geordie Jim's Mo Space here.

Mo’Ket Harborough

In a northern hemisphere first, the otherwise sedate market town of Market Harborough got very hairy indeed during Movember 2014 when husband and wife duo Paul and Sarah Blackler hatched a plan for men’s health…
The resultant festival of fun manifested itself as the renaming their town as Mo’Ket Harborough and a very healthy network of eighteen teams and over 150 folk who have raised nearly £9,000 so far. Once the participating Market Harborough Building Society have totted up the rest, the should break five figures!

Check out their Mo Space here.


Fulham Football Club

The FFC is the oldest established professional football team in London. They have also been the highest fundraising team from the Football League this season, amassing £2,774 so far from a team of over 50, including players Tim Hoogland and Fernando Amorebieta. The club followed the boy’s progress with a dozen club media features during the campaign and shave down at the start of the month.

Check out the starting team here.

(Photo courtesy of Peppermint Creative)

Gents Quarter

West Yorkshire’s men’s grooming specialists Gent’s Quarter hold the proud record of being the highest fund raising Movember barber in the world and have now raised over £15,000 for men’s health over the last three years. The Baildon-based barbershop always hold some fantastic events and this year was no exception with customers treated to tattoos by local artists ‘A Touch of Ink’ by day, while in the evening the held a 1920’s night attended by over 200 local supporters… Gent’s Quarter, we salute your skills once again.

See what they’ve been up to here.

Mo Bro Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson, an ex-warrant officer from Culdrose, who is sadly suffering with terminal prostate cancer, started the month with a “Coffee Morning Extravaganza” with many local friends. This event raised a staggering amount and allowed Keith to start the month with over £2300 already collected in donations. Despite undergoing intensive treatment for his prostate cancer, Keith also hosted an end of month party to close the month in style. He is a true inspiration to everyone at Movember.

With incredible support from the local community, the National Trust, RSPB, family and friends spread far and wide, Keith has increased this total significantly and raised a huge amount of awareness in his community. Keith’s son Darren has also undergone full body waxing and shaved his head in solidarity with his dad as he underwent chemotherapy. Special thanks must also go to the dedicated work that Dr Duncan Wheatley and his staff at The Treliske Hospital Truro who have provided treatment, support and friendship to Keith.

“I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2011. It literally came out of the blue, with no previous symptoms. The more we can inform the male population about prostate cancer, symptoms to look for, checks to have, the more we should be able to achieve, early and survivable diagnosis. Movember is unique in helping inform the uninformed.”

Visit Keith’s Mo Space here.

The Andaz Hotel

During the month of November, this London Hotel encouraged their staff to grow moustaches and the best 3 moustaches received a prize from Murdock London. They also offered 'Mo-jistos' (manly mojitos) in Catch Champagne Bar & Lounge, George Pub and Eastway, and moustache-shaped cookies with each tea/coffee they sold throughout the month.

The had a mid-month event in the George pub called a #TidyUpThursday session, where they offered Mo trims and other treatments (complimentary manapés (manly canapés) included) and live jazz band in the evening.

Check in to their Mo Space here.

Edinburgh’s Man of Movember

“This will be my 7th year growing a Mo in the glorious month of Movember. In the beginning this was a bit of fun, good to raise awareness and make the charity some cash in the process. Sadly, it then became all so personal, as it has with many others. My motivation is my Grandad; he passed away after suffering with this disease.”
On the 28th Movember, Mark was crowned Man of Movember for Edinburgh 2014. What better way to round off seven years of fundraising? Have a look at his Mo Space here.

Brighton Barbers Boys

Alex, Ace and the team at Teddy Edwards Cutting Rooms in Brighton pledged to raise as much money and awareness for Movember as possible. As “the finest barber shop in Brighton”, their dedicated customer base has been a well-oiled moustache growing machine. Aside from hosting a monster raffle in the shop for their customers, the guys helped host the official Movember Brighton launch in late October, chopping off numerous beards in a mass sacrifice for men’s health. On top of this, they found time to perform shaves and assist at fundraising events for other Mo Bros & Mo Sistas, including a Movember gig and charity football match. Then to wind everything up, they had a final party at the shop to shave off at the end of Movember. A more dedicated bunch of Mo Bros you will be hard pushed to find.
Support the lads here.


Newcastle United fans helped raise £5,110 for Movember after signed T-shirts in support of Magpies star Jonas Gutierrez were auctioned off during the month. The auction was held by Newcastle United Football Club and Newcastle United Foundation with Jonas’ blessing. In September, United's players took to the St. James' Park pitch against Hull City wearing warm-up tops supporting their teammate Gutierrez, who had been battling testicular cancer before announcing earlier this month that he has been given the all-clear. Fifteen of those special T-shirts, signed by the Magpies squad and staff, were auctioned by Newcastle United Foundation with all proceeds going to men's health charity Movember, which was nominated by Argentine international Gutierrez.

The official Movember team have now raised £5,862 to date and hosted shave downs for their fans ahead of their home game on 1st Movember and a Shave Off Party at the stadium Nine bar on the 30th.

Check out their Mo Space here.

World's largest physical Mo

Southampton Airport has shown its support for Movember this year, by unveiling the World’s Biggest Mo on the ground. The painted moustache measures a massive 250m by 60m and is located on airport land, running parallel to the runway.

Mo Bros & Mo Sistas at Southampton Airport have been supporting Movember for a few years and this year they decided to go one step further, they wanted to use their space and captive, airborne audience to really get behind Movember.

The iconic Movember moustache  was shaped using planning & mapping software. Once the grass had been arranged to be cut, the Mo needed to be plotted into the ground. Through the help of GPS systems and computer-aided design mechanisms to get it just right. Finally line-marking specialists were brought in to paint and pretty much 'join the dots'. The whole process took three (rather long) days, many sleepless nights, hundreds of cups of tea, several takeaway pizzas and then, despite the weather attempting to stop them, they eventually had a Mo that Southampton Airport and supporters of Movember could be proud of.

These Mo Bros ans Mo Sistas have given over their Movembers for the cause they are passionate about. If any of this has inspired you, make a donation to men's health and help make a difference

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