Movember raises more than £2,000 thanks to a member of staff at Ridgeons in March
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A well known member of staff at Ridgeons builders merchant in March has raised more than £2,000 for charity thanks to growing a moustache in November.
Nigel Gillings took part in Movember and raised a staggering £1919.65 with some more monies to come which will bring him over the £2,000 mark.
His colleague Deb Harper said: “It is absolutely brilliant.”
Nigel said: “After my colleague Deb asked if I wanted to participate in Movember, I thought it was for a great cause so I would do it.
“As the majority of our customers are men I thought it would also be a great opportunity to make men aware of the disease and how it often can go undetected and the actual severity of prostate cancer.
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“This is the first time I have participated in Movember and I am very pleased with the response from customers and my work colleagues, they have given so generously I cannot thank them enough.”
A spokesman for the Movember Foundation said: “From humble beginnings back in 2003 the Movember movement has grown to be a truly global one, inspiring support from over five million.
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“The Movember Foundation wouldn’t be where it is without the enthusiasm of all of those men and women around the globe.
“We’re committed to keeping things fresh, keeping the community informed, and always being transparent and accountable in our practices.
“We’re the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. We’re addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
“We know what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact.
“We’re independent of government funding, so we can challenge the status quo and invest quicker in what works.
“In 13 years we’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world.
“By 2030 we’ll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25 per cent.”