Bedford School ‘Mobros’ celebrate £13,000 Movember fundraiser

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Bedford School's MoBros Flight School - part of their annual Movember fundraising initiative

This year’s Bedford School Movember campaign – which included a Top Gun-inspired song, silent auction and tug of war challenge – has raised over £13,000 and there’s still time to donate.

Each year, hundreds of boys and staff at the school take part to raise money and awareness of men’s health and mental wellbeing during Movember.

As has become tradition, the ‘MoBros’ have produced a three-minute music video and this year’s is based on Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone, the theme from the original Top Gun, and a nod to the renaissance of the ‘tache, thanks to ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw’s character in the Maverick reboot this year.

 

This year, the MoBros taking part in the campaign set up a whole host of activities and sporting challenges for the school community to take part in, including everything from bake-off style contests to Top Gun-themed non-uniform days, dodgeball to an open mic night, ‘longest drive’ golf contests to Movember rugby matches, and, new for this year, a Movember silent auction set up and sourced by the boys themselves.

Additionally, the school’s annual Movember Tug of War proved hugely popular, showcasing community, camaraderie, endeavour, teamwork and fun – all underlined by the important message of looking after themselves and those around them.

Upper Sixth Former and MoBro, Will Roberts, said: “All the boys have worked very hard in trying to make this year’s Movember the best we could, and I for one feel extremely proud of the money and awareness we have raised. We chose Top Gun as our main theme as it had been synonymous with the reintroduction of moustaches into fashion, as well as appealing to boys and parents alike with both films coming out in the two generations.

“It’s been amazing to see how well the boys have taken to this idea to help create our video and share our message to as many people as possible.”

In their bid to help educate others, the MoBros led assemblies for Bedford Prep School boys and girls at Bedford Girls’ School talking about the campaign and reinforcing the importance of showing your emotions and talking about your feelings.

They also delivered lessons to younger boys in the Upper School covering a wide range of areas including physical health, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.

Statistically, around the world, 60 men die by suicide every hour and on average, men die six years earlier than women. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men.

The teacher in charge of the Movember campaign, Mrs Vicky Marriott, said, “I am so incredibly proud of these young men and really feel we have exceeded our own expectations this year. As I hang up my Movember t-shirt, I wonder how we will survive without the incredible cakes at break time.

“And like some poignant end to an epic film our massive ‘mo’ at the front of school will slowly fade away leaving lasting memories of all we have achieved.”

During the campaign month, the boys raised a staggering £11,619 placing them in second place in the Movember school’s league table. They have gone on to up their total to £13,000 and fundraising will continue until 8 December.

All donations made to the Bedford School MoBros fundraising space will count up until the campaign closes on 8 December.

If you would like to help support the boys and this worthy cause, you can make your donation here.

 
 
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