Bedford School boys top Movember schools’ fundraising board

Bedford School Mo Bros 'class of 23' on non-uniform day

Bedford School’s annual Movember fundraising effort has seen them top this year’s UK Schools’ leaderboard raising over £15,000.

Their traditional song parody has this year taken inspiration from Bruno Mars’ ’24k Magic’, reimagined as ’23 MoBro Magic’ and the launch of the accompanying video signifies the end of the school’s Movember campaign, raising awareness of men’s health and mental wellbeing.

The campaign is run by a group of Upper Sixth Form students, known as the Mo Bros, who have been coordinating a host of activities and sporting challenges that have galvanised a whole school community.

Upper Sixth Former Jacob Foster, who led the production of this year’s film explained: “Making the video is great fun, but it’s the bigger message that it communicates that is important.

“We are all young boys and probably all of us know someone who has struggled with their mental health or might have suffered ourselves. Lots of friends and parents will see that we have made this video and so it is a great way of raising awareness for this very important cause.”

The global Movember charity campaign, which runs throughout the month of November, has become an annual tradition at the school, with hundreds of boys and staff doing their bit for the cause every year. The charity itself is now in its 20th year and Bedford School alone has managed to raise a staggering £150,000 since getting on board in 2010.

For the school boys, one of the most important parts of the campaign is raising awareness and delivering serious messages about men’s mental health issues, suicide prevention and physical concerns such as testicular cancer and prostate cancer.

An integral part of the Mo Bros’ role is to educate their fellow students right across the Upper School, as well as the Prep School and Bedford Girls’ School through a series of assemblies.

According to an analysis of NHS data by the mental health charity YoungMinds, teenage mental health issues have reached record levels in the UK, and so the opportunity to talk and tackle issues such as this is invaluable.

The fundraising activities this year have been varied and plentiful, giving all members of the school community the opportunity to take part. A silent auction, Open Mic Night, choral concert, curry night, lots of cake sales and a staff bake-off competition, the Mo dodgeball tournament, boarders’ five-a-side-football tournament, tug-of-war, Mindful Mo (a series of mindful walks around the school estate), and a market stall selling homemade jam, chutney and doggy treats, were just some of the initiatives.

Mrs Victoria Marriot, Head of Charities, said: “Movember has become more than a tradition now, it’s part of the fabric of who we are.

“This year, we wanted awareness to be at the forefront of the campaign and the boys have raised the bar even higher. I have been stunned at the work ethic, passion and commitment they have shown throughout the month, setting their sights high and achieving more than we set out to.

“Never has men’s mental and physical health been more important and the boys have done a phenomenal job. Our ambition ‘that they be good men’ has never been more relevant and we couldn’t be prouder of them.”

If you would like to support the boys on their quest and donate to Movember, you can do so here.

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