A group of 12 male staff members from the Pathology Department in the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle are hoping to raise awareness for men’s health this November by backing the charity Movember and aptly naming the group ‘Take Tash’.
Movember is the charity which actively encourages people to support men’s health and raise awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues. Men are encouraged to grow facial hair for the full month of November in support of the charities mission statement “changing the face of men’s health”.
Males who get involved in Movember register onto the main charity website as ‘MoBros’ and females who support the men involved are called ‘MoSistas’.
Ian Keal, anatomical pathology technologist and the organiser of the Take Tash group, supports the charity fully. He hopes that by organising the group it will raise awareness and help prevent some of the embarrassment around males visiting their doctors.
Ian said: “We felt that there are lots of opportunities for women to support various charity groups throughout the year, but this is the only opportunity for men and therefore we wanted to get as many people involved as possible and generate as much support as possible for the charity”.