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Movember round-up

10 Nov 2014

Moustaches are sprouting across the University in support of Movember, a leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health

Damian Edwardson

Let The John Rylands Library inspire your Mo!

Every day throughout November, The John Rylands Library is sharing images from its collections to inspire and motivate all those taking part in Movember 2014.

From the full and thick to the perfectly trimmed, they’ll be sharing moustaches on Instagram and Twitter. Keep an eye out for famous moustaches of World War I poet Wilfred Owen, William Shakespeare and even a bearded lady!

You can also get involved by visiting the Library and taking a selfie with their statues of John and Enriqueta Rylands, who will be wearing moustaches for the month.

Follow them today @TheJohnRylands and search #jrlphotoaday.

The photo a day campaign in support of Movember will run from 1 to 30 November. 

It would be great if you can support the campaign.

Tony's Movember for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Tony Hulme from IT Services is taking part in Movember again this year.

Each year he does it for a different charity, and this year he is doing it for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Tony said: "Some have questioned why I am doing this for this charity, as Movember started for male cancers. Cancer does not care what age, sex or race you are, so why should I? We all know someone who has been touched by this evil thing. I lost my mother to this and my wife has lost members of her family as well. We also have had friends who have been touched by this disease. Some have survived, some not and our thoughts are still with them all. Not a day goes by that we do not think of and honour those we have lost.

"This charity will try to help those who contract this disease as well as the families. Until we have defeated this disease this type of help will be needed. Also doing this helps to hide some of my ugly mug there by giving you all a rest, which we can all agree is a good thing!

"You, your friends, or family can donate by text message, by texting MCCC93 and an amount of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10, to 70070. I know money is tight for us all, but hope you can spare a small amount, even just a pound. Everyone has been so supportive over the last few years and I know no matter how much we can raise they will be grateful."

Damian hopes to raise Mo awareness

Once again Damian Edwardson of IT Services will be donning the facial fur in aid of Movember

A long time supporter of Movember, Damian is hoping to raise money and awareness of men's health issues.

Damian said: "This year, Movember is also highlighting the importance of dealing with mental health. As with many health issues amongst men, there is a reluctance to admit there is a problem and seek the necessary help so it is pleasing to see Movember as a platform for breaking down these barriers."

You can follow Damian's progress (and more importantly donate to feed the Mo) at:

Andrew's Movember challenge for men's health charities

Dr Andrew Whatmore from MHS is taking part in Movember for the first time this year. Not only is it Andrew’s first Movember, but it is the first time in 30 years that he has grown a moustache, accompanied by the appropriate “accessories”.

Andrew, who is based in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, admits that as he is not the best at baking cakes, taking part in the Movember challenge is his way of helping to raise money for, and awareness of, men's health issues.

Andrew said: “Please support both myself and other growers by donating either to a men’s health charity of your choice or by sponsoring me to keep this fuzz for as long as I can stand it! All donations, no matter how small, are appreciated.”

You can donate directly to Andrew’s Movember account at:

Or, if you are near the RMCH, you can pop in and sign his sponsorship and giftaid form on his desk on the 5th Floor Research office.

Further information

You can find out more about the charity online at: