VIDEO: Movember fur good Sheffield causes

Some of the staff at the Northern General Medical Laboratory who have raised money during this Movember
Some of the staff at the Northern General Medical Laboratory who have raised money during this Movember

Moustaches have been back in vogue around Sheffield this month – with men showing off their facial hair prowess to raise awareness of cancers which affect men.

In the Movember campaign thousands of pounds is raised every year for charities helping people battle diseases such as testicular and prostate cancer.

Businesses, schools and even hospitals have been showing their support by getting behind the appeal.

A 27-strong team including workers from the Northern General Hospital’s medical laboratories and staff from Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s clinical chemistry department, as well as friends, are one of the biggest local groups who took part.

Biomedical scientist Keith Thickett, from the laboratories, said the moustaches helped when attempting to broach difficult topics with patients.

He said: “Our aim is to raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and male mental health issues and so during the month we have been using our ’taches to initiate conversations about these issues.

“Our campaign started by a colleague announcing to the department he and I were going to grow moustaches, so we invited anyone else to join us.”

Meanwhile, staff members at Sheffield High School in Broomhill have been changing their appearance for Movember.

Spurred on by maths teacher Stuart Campbell, a dozen male teachers and support staff at the school have been working hard to develop their moustachioed looks while friends and family have been providing sponsorship.

Currently the school’s fundraising total stands at £450.

Movember fever has also spread to Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, where a team led by managing director John Gilburn have been wearing their facial hair with pride.

John said: “We are more used to dog grooming than male grooming at Owlerton, but it’s such a good cause we wanted to take part. It’s been more difficult than we thought, but we are pleased with the results, although I am not sure our other halves would agree.”

Professionals from Sheffield property firm Knight Frank have got in on the act, too.

Tim Bottrill, a partner at the company, said a ‘big shave off’ is planned for tomorrow, saying: “Over the years, the team here has been involved in lots of different fundraising events from bike rides to fun runs so ditching the shaver for a month is a bit of a change of pace for us.

“It’s a light-hearted way of drawing attention to a very serious and worthwhile cause.”

And in Doncaster, barber James Herrington has brought his pop-up male grooming salon to the Frenchgate Centre, ready to remove moustaches now November is out.

For a £10 charity donation, gents can get pampered and preened with a traditional hot towel shave complete with the cut-throat razor experience.

James, who runs The Gentleman’s Retreat on Church Walk, Bawtry, said: “They love it. I always find it’s something they’ve always fancied trying but they never know where to get one.”

The pop-up salon is open in the Frenchgate outside Next today from 10am to 4pm.