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Making moves on Movember
12:00pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
RAZORS are being sharpened across the town as scores of men prepare to start grooming a stiff upper lip for the month of Movember.
In solidarity with those affected by prostate and testicular cancer, thousands across the country will be taking part in the annual moustache-growing frenzy to raise money and awareness of men’s health issues, starting on Friday, November 1.
Among those taking part will be Swindon boxing legend Ricky Porter, who beat prostate cancer in 2010 after seeing his father fight and lose his own battle with the disease.
The former welterweight champion urged people to get involved in the annual campaign and for men to get checked regularly.
“Cancer can strike anyone at any time and men might like to think they are a tough guy but you ain’t a tough guy when cancer gets hold of you,” the 70-year-old, of County Road, said.
“Blokes might feel embarrassed about getting checked out but you can’t be embarrassed when it comes to life or death. i just didn’t care about that; I was more worried about the cancer. I think it’s a great idea to raise as much awareness of these things as possible. It’s a bit of fun and I will give it a go.”
A group of Adver staff are also taking part and will be going under the cut-throat razor next Thursday, and the paper will be donating 10 per cent of ad sales around the weekly Movember feature to the cause.
Neil Davies, 37, an advertising rep, said: “We are doing it to support a great charity and some of us have known people affected by testicular or prostate cancer.
“I’m either going to go for the strongman-style handlebars or I might curl it upwards, I’m not sure yet.”
Next Friday is November 1 and local barbers are already sharpening their razors for the Mo Bros.
For more information visit http://uk.movember.com. The rules include being clean-shaven at the start of the month and not joining moustaches to either sideburns or chin.
Follow the Adver men’s progress on Twitter by following @swindonadver, @dazzared36, @rhyscado, @antonyalcock, @darranreynolds, @simon lentschner and @smaug000.
Readers getting in on the action can tell us their stories, and it may be the issues have touched your life or family. Also, send us pictures of your top lip at the end of the month and we will be running a vote, with a mystery prize for the winner. Email newsdesk@ swindonadvertiser.co.uk or tweet @swindonadver.
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