Today’s the day the Virgin Money Studio’s Movember ‘taches go to that great barbershop floor in the sky. Those fund-raising follicles leave us, knowing they created a huge pot of £1,029 (over £1,150 with gift aid) supplemented by auctioning the Studio’s various creative skills within Virgin Money. See the Virgin Money Studio Movember page for the glorious result yourself.
And if raising money and awareness for men’s health issues wasn’t enough, we also created history. Big Paul, the Virgin Money Studio’s answer to Hagrid, pledged to shave off his 40 year old moustache if we raised over £1000. The smashing of the target was marked by the buzzing of an electric razor wielded (somewhat shakily) by Jason, our Head of Traffic, and Big Paul’s upper lip tasted fresh air once more.
Well, it had to happen. After all the charity days we’ve had at Virgin Money and the various sums raised by Studio members running the Virgin London Marathon, it shouldn’t be surprising that the boys in the Studio have finally got around to participating in Movember.
For those of you who aren’t aware of this extremely worthy cause, it involves the raising of money and awareness of men’s health issues (such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer to name two) and all you have to do to take part is not shave your upper lip for the entire 30 days of November. Apart from raising money for a worthy cause, Big Paul, our perma-moustachioed colleague, has said that if we raise over £1000, he will shave his moustache off on November 30th, thereby exposing his upper lip to the world for the first time in 40 years. His wife Elaine has already donated a significant sum to speed that along, much to the amusement of the rest of the Studio.
My moustache is coming along fine (I can grow hair anywhere, except my head) although I’m not sure if I look like a dodgy ’70’s Detective or a German porn star. I asked my wife what she thought I looked like, but I can’t repeat her answer as I try to keep that sort of language out of this blog.
The Virgin Money Studio Movember team page is here if you’d like to donate, which would be very nice of you. As my wife hates my burgeoning ‘tache, I’ve directed her to No-vember, a clever site that accepts donations to the cause, without Husbands/Partners/Boyfriends freaking out their other halves by morphing into walruses.