A group of boys from Bedford School are helping to spread awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
It’s all part of their annual campaign for ‘Movember’.
This year the boys are ‘talking nuts’ and educating others about men’s health issues at a series of assemblies across Bedford’s schools.
In the six years that Bedford School has been involved in the campaign they’ve raised £65,000.
This year they’re currently in second place on the Movember Schools Challenge leader board.
However, the school won’t rest until it has the top spot, and is hosting events throughout the month to engage both students and the surrounding community to increase donations.
But head Master, James Hodgson, said, it’s not just about the cash: “For Bedford School it’s not just about raising money, it’s also about educating the boys on the importance of men’s health, and we make sure our boys know why this campaign is so important every year.”
Charity events this year include:
- a tug of war competition
- a curry night for boys and male relatives
- an Aussie Rules Football tournament
- a 60km run, row or swim
- an Old Bedfordian 80 mile cycle ride
- a themed non-uniform day
The boys are also hosting a series of workshops and keynote speeches about men’s health, getting people to ‘talk about their testes and tell their besties’.
This week, Movember UK ambassador and cancer-survivor Bobby Bansal will be speaking to the boys about his experience with testicular cancer.
He will be joined by Loughborough University lecturer Florence Kinnafick, who will be talk about his research into mental health issues and the links between positive mental health and sport.
“The students of Bedford School are a prime example of what can be achieved for Movember,” added Val Pumfrey, Schools Engagement and Fundraising Lead at Movember UK.
“Their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn about the importance of men’s health is inspiring, and they have been a huge part of our campaign for the past few years.”
Movember raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programmes that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives.
Committed to disrupting the status quo, millions have joined the movement, helping fund over 1,250 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.
More information can be found at the Movember website.