Stenhousemuir workers remember colleague during Movember month

Staff from Drysdale Brothers Engineering in Stenhousemuir grew moustaches and raised money for CHAS in memory of a their former colleague. Picture: Michael Gillen (142123)
Staff from Drysdale Brothers Engineering in Stenhousemuir grew moustaches and raised money for CHAS in memory of a their former colleague. Picture: Michael Gillen (142123)

The month of November is now synonymous with men and facial hair thanks to a campaign to bring the issue of cancer to the fore.

Celebrities, men, and even women become ‘Mo Bros’ - growing a moustache for the 30 days of November while raising funds and awareness of prostate cancer and men’s health.

For the second year in a row, 14 workers from Stenhousemuir firm Drysdale Brothers Engineering Ltd have grown different styles of mousers in memory of their late colleague of 20 years George Walker, himself a champion of moustachery.

George, from Fallin, died from an undiagnosed heart problem in early November last year, just a few days away from his 57th birthday.

Colleague Ahlun Law said: “In remembrance of Geordie and his impressive moustache we opted to grow sponsored moustaches for Movember and raised more than £600 for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland last year.

“This year his friend and colleague John McMahon arranged all the Movember fundraising in his memory, for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland this time.

“We think we’ve raised at least as much as last year and probably a bit more so we’re delighted. I think a few of the guys were glad to get it shaved off after the 30 days.

“I think the message of Movember to regularly check your health is a very important one for men and hopefully we’ve managed to raise some awareness of that as well.”

The Movember movement has raised almost £6 million in the UK this year and has raised more than £346 million worldwide since it began in 2003.

The Movember community has funded over 800 programmes in 21 countries and helped save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems

During November millions of men across the world are sponsored to grow a moustache and raise money for the campaign and their own chosen charities

Men who grow moustaches in Movember are known as ‘Mo Bros’ while women who sport moustaches or support the campaign are known as ‘Mo Sistas’

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK and accounts for a quarter of all new cancer cases in men

There were 10,837 deaths from prostate cancer in the UK in 2012