Hundreds of people across the county are growing moustaches and organising events to raise both money and awareness for this year’s Movember.
Organisations, groups and individuals across Lincoln are supporting Movember by raising money and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health and suicide prevention throughout the month of November.
Lincoln Rugby Football Club started with a fundraising target of £500. Now, only halfway through the month, the 20 players taking part have raised £1,226 and their target has been raised to £1,750.
Lincoln Rugby Club’s director Christopher Barrett said: “We didn’t expect so much support.
“We’re looking at extending the target further if we keep doing well. Hopefully we will raise more at our home game on Saturday.”
You can visit their Movember network page here.
The University of Lincoln is also doing its part and set a target of £1,500. Between six sports teams at the university, they have currently raised £2,600. You can visit their Movember network page here.
President of the University of Lincoln’s rugby team Edward Tyers said: “Taking part is a society tradition. The money raised goes to noble causes and it’s something that none of us want to be affected by.”
The Rugby team have raised £1,534 of the £2,600 that has currently been raised by the university.
Individuals in Lincoln are also supporting the cause. Student Harvey Catchpole, 18, set himself a target of £100 for the month but has already raised £207.
Harvey said: “For me, it’s the mental health and suicide prevention. The cancer research is also amazing. However, I feel that mental health is very important and that as men we don’t talk about it anywhere near as much as we should.”
The Movember Foundation website offers advice and tips on how to make your facial hair stand out. If you’re lucky, you might make it onto the official Movember leaderboard.
The Movember Foundation is an independent charity addressing the biggest health issues faced by men. It funds innovative research, and in 15 years, has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world.
Movember takes place every year during November and people grow, shave, or colour their facial hair to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health and suicide prevention.
If you want to get involved, there are two fundraising events taking place in Lincolnshire.
A Movember charity football match will be taking place at Carre’s Grammar School in Northgate, Sleaford, on Thursday November 15.
The match will start at 3pm and is being hosted by the school. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Baytree Garden Centre in Spalding is holding a reindeer feeding fundraiser over the weekend of November 17/18.
The public are invited to get into the Christmas spirit and feed reindeers in exchange for donations towards Movember.
For more information go to the Movember Foundation website.