Bristling gardeners grow MOs for charity

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John proudly shows off his ‘cowboy’ Movember

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of Movember is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer. One man dies every hour in the UK from prostate cancer and 1 in 9 men will get the disease.

On 1st Movember, guys register at with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men – known as Mo Bros – groom, trim and wax their way into the history of fine moustachery.

The movement is just 5 years old this year in the UK, and its Australian founder, J C Movember, was happy to report on BBC1 TV Breakfast that fund-raising efforts during 2011 have already reached £9 million and set to easily beat last year’s total of £11.7 million. Funds will be going to Cancer Research and Prostate Cancer charities.

These are charities close to my heart, as I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 and successfully treated at The Royal Free Hospital, London, in 2010. Early diagnosis by my GP allowed surgeons to implant radio-active seeds within the prostate to destroy the cancer cells. Hurrah!

As part of Movember I have joined a team of Bristling Gardeners, which included numerous gardening celebs. You can see what it’s all about on the website. So far I have raised £615 thanks to generous support from family, friends and business colleagues. You can see my pictures and still donate on my Movember page.