Movember moustache challenge raises awareness about men’s health

British Gypsum employees have raised over £1,800 for global men’s health charity, Movember Foundation, by growing their moustaches to raise awareness about some of the biggest health concerns men face including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health.

The Charity and Good Causes Committee ran a Christmas Charity Countdown. Each day throughout December, a door opened to reveal a local charity which we’ll make a donation to - £100 each day!

Mo Brothers and Mo Sistas from across British Gypsum, have been sporting all manner of ‘tashes’ for the cause.

Throughout the month of Movember, British Gypsum’s Operations & Supply Chain Director Olivier Bluche spread the message to employees with daily tips and advice for improving men’s health. He said: “Men often overlook their physical and mental health and that is why it’s important that our wellbeing is kept front of mind. I’d urge everyone to take good care of themselves, get the relevant health checks, stay connected to those around them and to talk to each other.”

Contributions from suppliers, customers and across departments contributed to the final total. Responding to the total to date, he said: “It has been great fun raising funds for Movember this year. Thank you to Heidi Barnard and Lee Chaplin for organising the event again this year and to everyone who has contributed and parted with their cash.”

On life after Movember, Olivier Bluche, who raised over £700, added: “The journey will continue. I will be keeping my beard. And I appeal to each and every one of us to make a New Year’s resolution to stop, start or continue something in order to improve your overall health.”

The Foundation raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programmes that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Committed to disrupting the status quo, millions have joined the movement, raising over £440m and funding over 1,200 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.

Men’s health facts from Movember Foundation:

  • On average, men die four years younger than women in the UK
  • 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year
  • 78% of suicides in the UK are men
  • On average, 13 men take their life each day in the UK
  • Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst men in the UK
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 25-49 years
  • 2,300 new cases of testicular cancer in the UK in 2013

In addition to tackling key health issues faced by men, the Foundation is working to encourage men to stay healthy in all areas of their life, with a focus on men staying socially connected and becoming more open to discussing their health and significant moments in their lives.

View Olivier Bluche’s final video to employees

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