Staff at County Hall have been growing their facial hair in support of Movember.
The month-long charity campaign highlights men’s health - particularly prostate cancer, suicide prevention and mental health issues, and aims to raise money for the cause.
A group of staff decided to take on the challenge and have been leaving their razors in the cupboard, to grow their facial hair. The staff raised over £350 for the campaign, after growing beards and moustaches.
120 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every day but most men take several months to see a GP despite seeing signs, by which time the mortality rates are dramatically affected.
The campaign focuses on early intervention, engaging men and working to their strengths. By 2030, the aim is to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25%.
Michael Hudson, Chief Financial officer, and organiser of the Movember challenge at Worcestershire County Council said: “Men are traditionally rubbish at talking about our health in general. We have to raise awareness and raise knowledge to prevent, treat and cure. So a number of us (and our better halves) have put up with an abundance of hair for nearly 30 days to help as part of that raising of awareness.
Despite the itching during the early days of growth, and how much my wife hated it, I am proud of the money we have raised. Thank you to all of those who donated and joined in with varying facial hair styles.”