Movember 2018: Day 30

Movember 2018: Day 30

And so, we reach the end. The 30ᵗʰ and final day of November means the end of Movember for another year. It may have only been 30 days and at times that feels like nothing, but then other times it feels like so much longer.

Movember updates 2018:

As always, I have really enjoyed taking part. As someone who can grow a pretty decent amount of facial hair in a couple of weeks, I’m always excited to grow the Mo this month, even if it does mean going clean shaven at the start of the month and showing off the chins, which I hate doing!

46902093_724278121288492_5756995561085468672_n.jpgA massive thank you to my fellow Mo-Bros in the office – Gaz and Mike – and everybody who has once again supported me and donated. There is still time to donate to our office’s fundraising efforts for Soft UK, who support families affected by Edward’s syndrome. If anyone wants to donate, our office’s fundraising page can be found here. Any donations, big or small, will be greatly appreciated!

20181130_110130Also you may have noticed the colourful shirt in my latest picture, which is an OddBalls product. OddBalls are a clothing brand that specialises is funky patterned clothing. They initially started with boxers but have widened their range to a number of underwear styles, socks, sportswear, sunglasses, shirts, towels, hoodies, pyjamas and more. While the products are fun and comfortable, the reason that I mention them now is that the sale of these products covers the running costs of the OddBalls Foundation, which is a charity that hopes to make a difference to men’s health all around the world.

Interested in buying some of their products? I am a brand ambassador and as such have a code for 10% off all orders. So if you want to put in an order head to their website www.myoddballs.com and use the discount code TIMOTHYETHERIDGEBALLS and get a bit of money off some great products.

Now as we prepare to enter December, the fun begins of growing out the Mo back into the beard, as well as beginning to make plans for Movember 2019…

Until next time!

Movember 2018: Day 22

Movember 2018: Day 22

Hey guys! So it’s been a longer than planned but I’m back with a Movember update! We’re two thirds of the way through the month and that means there’s just over a week left to go of Movember.

Movember updates 2018:

Now part of the reason I have been doing less updates than I hoped is that I had some time off work at the start of the month to use up my holiday, so getting back into the swing of things with work, combined with watching a lot of rugby for my write-ups of the Autumn Internationals and working on some articles for the Schmoedown’s new website, has taken up a lot of my time!

The good thing about going back into work though was finding 2 of my colleagues were joining me for Movember this year. Now I would happily be the only one in the office doing it but having some fellow Mo-bros taking part – especially in these days when so many people are quite protective of their beards and don’t like going back to a naked chin – makes Movember so much more fun. So without further ado I give to you the Zurich trio taking part in Movember: myself, Mike and Gaz.

We are all raising funds as part of our office’s fundraising this year for Soft UK, who support families affected by Edward’s syndrome. If anyone wants to donate, our office’s fundraising page can be found here. Any donations, big or small, will be greatly appreciated!

Movember 2018: Day 8

Movember 2018: Day 8

Hi guys, so we’re just over a week into November and that means I’m far enough into Movember to be able to style the Mo.

Movember updates 2018:

mov20181108_105237Now some people may see growing the ‘tache for a month as a bit of fun, and admittedly it is, but there is a more serious side to this. According to Cancer Research UK:

  • There are around 2,300 new testicular cancer cases in the UK every year
  • In males in the UK, testicular cancer is the 17th most common cancer
  • There are around 60 testicular cancer deaths in the UK every year, that’s around 1 every week
  • When diagnosed at its earliest stage, all men with testicular cancer will survive their disease for five years or more, compared with around 8 in 10 men when diagnosed at the latest stage

 

  • There are around 47,700 new prostate cancer cases in the UK every year, that’s around 130 every day
  • In males in the UK, prostate cancer is the most common cancer
  • There are around 11,500 prostate cancer deaths in the UK every year, that’s 31 every day
  • Prostate cancer accounts for 13% of all cancer deaths in males in the UK
  • When diagnosed at its earliest stage, all men with prostate cancer will survive their disease for five years or more, compared with less than a third of men when diagnosed at the latest stage

Also from a variety of mental health websites:

  • In 2013, 6,233 suicides were recorded in the UK for people aged 15 and older. Of these, 78% were male and 22% were female
  • 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders
  • In a 2016 survey of 1,112 employed men conducted by Opinion Leader for the Men’s Health Forum
    • 34% would be embarrassed or ashamed to take time off work for mental health concern such as anxiety or depression compared to 13% for a physical injury
    • 38% would be concerned that their employer would think badly of them if they took time off work for a mental health concern – compared to 26% for a physical injury

If these stats don’t show the importance of charities like the Movember Foundation, then I don’t know what will!

But this year I am raising money for Soft UK, so I also want to give you some stats about Edward’s Syndrome:

  • It occurs in about one out of every five-thousand births
  • Approximately 90-95% of children born with Edward’s Syndrome die prior to their first birthday
  • The average lifespan for half of the children born with Edward’s Syndrome is less than two months

If anyone wants to donate, our office’s fundraising page can be found here. Any donations, big or small, will be greatly appreciated!

Movember 2018: Day 1

Movember 2018: Day 1

Hey guys, Halloween is now over and we are into one of my favourite times of the year: Movember. Movember is a charity event that is close to my heart and I have been taking part in it for about 7 years now (the header picture on this page is from the Pistol Shrimps’ Movember social the first year that I took part).

For those who don’t know what Movember is, it is when men around the globe start November clean shaven and spend the month growing and cultivating a moustache, raising money for charity and awareness for men’s health. For more details on what Movember is and why it is so important to me take a look at my overview page, as this post is going to be more of a Mo-gression update.

20181101_102838So… Day 1. As someone who usually has a beard, it’s safe to say my face has been pretty cold today!

 

Now usually I would be raising money for the Movember foundation, but this year I am doing things a little different. While I will still be raising awareness towards men’s health, this year I am instead asking for donations to Soft UK as part of our fundraising at work.

We are fundraising for Soft UK as they supported one of our colleagues and his wife after their unborn daughter was diagnosed with Edwards Syndrome.

Edwards Syndome (Trisomy 18) is a Chromosome disorder diagnosed before a baby is born. Parents who receive a diagnosis for their baby are faced with making complex and difficult decisions. Sadly, the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth is high but of the babies who do survive pregnancy, almost 1 in 10 live to celebrate their 1st birthday.

 

If anyone wants to donate, our office’s fundraising page can be found here. Any donations, big or small, will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for reading guys, keep an eye out for my Mo-gression updates throughout the month!

Movember 2017: The Epilogue

Movember 2017: The Epilogue

Now all that remains is for me to grow this Mo out…

… Well that idea didn’t last long!

Within about an hour of me posting my ‘Finale’ piece, I received a tweet from a producer on BBC Radio Gloucestershire asking me to contact them. I gave them a call and they asked if I’d be interested in appearing on the Breakfast show this morning and getting the Mo shaved off along with a few other willing participants.

If you’ve been reading my Movember journey, then you’ll know that raising awareness is a big part of Movember to me, so obviously I said yes! Luckily I was on a late shift today so able to make an appearance.

It was great to go on Mark Cummings’ show and have a quick chat about why I was raising money and how I’d done this month. Hopefully a lot of people heard and will be encouraged to take part/donate next year, or at least check themselves more regularly!

Movember may just be 1 month a year, but cancer or mental health issues can happen at any time, so please people check yourselves and talk to someone. You’re not alone.

Visit my Mo-Space and take a look back through my Movember 2017 journey:

Movember 2017: The Finale

Movember 2017: The Finale

We are finally here: Day 30 of Movember, the final day of the month. It feels like more than 30 days since I shaved the beard off and began to grow the Mo, but all good things must come to an end.

Thank you to everybody who has donated and supported me during the month, I would probably take part anyway as this is a cause that means a lot to me, but the reaction of the people around me makes it much more bearable.

24257331_10213379508540859_1400228808_nThe biggest disappointment for me this year has been that Movember does not seem as widespread as in some previous years. In sports circles, rugby continues to be a big visual contributor, with many players sporting questionable facial hair during club games and the Autumn Internationals this month. Though I haven’ seen much of the cricket, I have also noticed a lot of advertising for Movember around the ground during the first Ashes Test. However, what really disappoints me is the apparent lack of buy-in from football, especially the top flight. Football is one of the most visible sports worldwide and the Premier League reaches audiences everywhere, just think how much money could be raised if players in the top leagues began to take part in the numbers that rugby players do!

It may be the last day, but there is still time to go to my Mo-Space and donate. Help me to change the face of men’s health!

Now all that remains is for me to grow this Mo out…

My Movember 2017 journey:

Movember 2017: Day 25

Movember 2017: Day 25
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With my Mo-Bro Mike

Less than a week to go know. It feels like November is going fast, but I also feel like I’ve had the Mo for years!

It’s been great having the support at work and it really makes taking part in Movember more enjoyable. This year I’ve had a Mo-Bro in Mike who can actually grow facial hair – no offence Alex – so it has been nice not being the only one with questionable face-fuzz. As well as this the support from one of our managers, Kate, has been great, as she has helped get the word out around the business rather than just in our office, while another of our managers, Alan, continues to find new people or things to compare me to – WWF’s Legion of Doom being the latest!

20171124_200340But as much as Movember is a great laugh, there is a serious side to this. Please take a moment to visit my Mo-Space and donate whatever you can afford. As Tesco say, every little helps!

Together, we can help change the face of men’s health!

My Movember 2017 journey:

Movember 2017: Day 18

Movember 2017: Day 18

20171117_095731So we’re past the half way point now and I can’t figure out if the month is going slow or fast! I’ve genuinely got to the point now that I’ve got the Mo rather than the beard until I see myself in the mirror.

People who know me well will know that after rugby, my biggest love is Star Wars. I watch far too much Star Wars, not just the films & TV shows, but also videos on YouTube and one of my favourite Star Wars YouTubers is Star Wars Explained. A few days ago, we got a video from Star Wars Explained in honour of Movember looking at ‘Mustache Squadron‘, a fictional (yes, I know Star Wars is fictional, but this is fictional even by Star Wars standards) squadron made up of every Rebel pilot to sport a moustache. For those interested in Star Wars canon like myself it is an informative video giving us details about minor characters, but more importantly it is another great way to get the word out about Movember. Great work Alex!20171117_210635

 

Please visit my Mo-Space and donate whatever you can. It doesn’t have to be a big donation, every little helps! Together, we can help to change the face of men’s health!

Check out Star Wars Explained’s YouTube videos here.

My Movember 2017 journey:

Movember 2017: Day 11

Movember 2017: Day 11

Hey guys! So the 5 days since my last update have really helped the Mo-gression and the Mo is much more noticeable now.

20171111_165850I wouldn’t usually bore you by telling you about my day, but I think today it feels right to given the circumstances today. I had the pleasure of a visit from an old uni friend and fellow Pistol Shrimp today, as he came down to watch his beloved London Irish take on Gloucester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. The result was a 47-7 win for the cherry and whites, but while it was a good game to watch, what really made this game special – besides the obvious observation of the 2 minute silence for Armistice Day – was the way both teams got behind London Irish hooker Darren Dawidiuk.

For those who don’t know, Dawidiuk played for Gloucester from 2009-2017 before moving to the Madejski this summer. However he is yet to play competitively for the Exiles this season as he was diagnosed with testicular cancer during the preseason and is currently undergoing chemotherapy following an operation to remove a tumour in his right testicle.

With this being the first meeting of the 2 teams since his diagnosis, it was lovely to see them unite to support him by wearing shirts and bobble hats with the message ‘Dukey 2’ provided by OddBalls, a clothing manufacturer who have set up the OddBalls Foundation to raise awareness of testicular cancer. OddBalls appears to be a brand growing in popularity, especially in rugby circles, and it was great so see how many fans turned up in OddBalls clothing or sporting a moustache in support.

 

Please visit my Movember page and donate whatever you can. Together, we can help to change the face of men’s health!

For more information on OddBalls and the OddBalls Foundation, visit their site here.

My Movember 2017 journey:

Movember 2017: Day 6

Movember 2017: Day 6

20171106_184310Hi guys, so Day 6 has some exciting news: the Mo is now shaped! I got it all sorted last night and now I am locked in for the rest of the month.

It may not be the easiest to see on camera yet, but give it a few more days and it will be pretty visible. For those who want an idea of what it will look like, the second image was the last time I did style this back in 2011. My plan is to shave every couple of days to ensure that it is as visible as possible.

I really don’t like the clean shaven look, especially now that I have nothing on top either, so at the end of the month I will be growing this out into a beard rather than shaving it off, so not only will I be looking ridiculous for November, but also a decent chunk of December too! And for those of you who don’t know, I don’t drive so rely on public transport.385942_2511540826531_1456281958_n

Keep coming back for updates on the Mo-gression!

 

 

 

 

Please donate to my Movember page and help me to change the face of men’s health.

Why I do Movember

My Movember 2017 journey: