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Crumb catchers and face brushes are back! Movember returns in Manchester for men’s health awareness

By Sam Ruffe and Oliver Rhodes

As the fiendish festivities of Halloween fade, top lips are twitching as Movember returns to Manchester once again.

Not only occurring in Manchester, Movember is a worldwide movement hoping to raise money and increase awareness of prostate cancer and other male health issues.

Men, or Mo-Bros, are encouraged to clean shave on the first of November and grow and groom their crumb-catchers for the next 30 days.

During Manchester’s launch party, Anthony Power, one of the first 30 to embrace Movember in 2003, said the city was fantastic with its previous contributions.

He added: “There are men all across the UK and around the world, who share this belief that we need to start standing up for our health.”

Last year, the UK. raised more than £22million with Mr Power seeing participants spanning from Aberdeen down to Cornwall.

“This year, we don’t have a target of what we hope to achieve, we just want guys to get involved, grow a moustache and have a bit of fun with it,” Mr Power said.

“We want them to feel like it is okay to talk about men’s health and to address this often overlooked issue.

“Movember is fun, but it does address a very serious fact. In the UK, over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.”

The charity movement is also preparing a fancy dress fun-run, which will take place on Saturday November 24 around Heaton Park.

Known as a Mo-Run, these five and ten kilometre runs invite both Mo-Bros and Mo-Sistas alike to join in with some healthy exercise.

“We put the fun back into our fun run,” Mr Power added. “We don’t take it too seriously and we give out an award for the slowest Mo.”

By the end of the month, Movember hosts a gala event at The Soup Kitchen in Manchester to celebrate moustaches ranging from the lavish to ‘lamo’ – a poorly grown moustache.

To register, donate and for more information about Movember and its events, please visit www.movember.com

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