Updated: Monday, 6th July 2020 @ 6:52pm

Top lips at the ready: Manchester gets ready for Movember

Top lips at the ready: Manchester gets ready for Movember

By Natalie Lewis

Movember is back for a fifth year and once again Manchester’s Mo Bros are asked to donate their top lips as ambassadors for men’s health issues.

It all kicked off with the official launch party at Apotheca in the Northern Quarter last Wednesday but there is still time to get involved because Movember officially starts today.

Last year Manchester’s Mo Bros and Mo Sistas raised £84,000 for the cause and the continued support here has been so strong Movember has moved official events from London up to the North West.

Supported by their women-folk, men will gather sponsors to promise they will wax, prune and trim their budding moustaches to become the walking, talking billboards of awareness for men’s health in the 30 days that follow – and absolutely no shaving!

There are rules attached to participating in moustache season:

  • There is no joining at the sideburns – that is a beard
  • There is no joining at the bottom of the chin – that is a goatee
  • A small complementary growth under the bottom lip is allowed (aka a tickler)

Lips are twitching across the city as a number of bars and restaurants host Mo parties to gather together the community’s Mo Bros all leading up to the official Manchester Gala Parte on 29 November where all the would Freddie Mercury’s efforts can be showcased.

JC, Co-Founder of Movember said: “With the help of the people of Manchester we are changing the actions and attitudes of men around the world when it comes to their health. The Mo is a catalyst for change, promoting both public and private conversation and through the growth of a moustache during November we will continue to increase early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment of Cancer.”

Ben Kirkham, 22, works as an assistant team leader for Manchester Fire and Rescue Services’ Children and Young People’s department and decided to join the cause off the back of his own experience.

“I’d been aware of the charity for a few years but never got involved. Then my Grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer and unfortunately lost his life. My uncle was diagnosed with testicular cancer and due to the care he received he is alive. Then I had a scare in March and had a problem with my prostate that they thought might be cancer. So when I saw the charity promoted on a website I wanted to get involved,” he said.

Every year 10,000 men die from prostate cancer in the UK and one in nine British men will be diagnosed at an equivalent of 100 men a day.

The money raised from sponsorships will fund programmes run by Movember and their men’s health partner’s The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research.

These programmes implement world class initiatives for the education, research and survivorship of prostate and testicular cancer the two most common male specific cancers in the UK.

To register, donate and for more information about the charity or prostate and testicular cancer visit www.movember.com.