Members of staff at King Edward’s School in Edgbaston were inspired to recreate a photo of their predecessors dating back to the early 1900s as part of their Movember awareness and fundraiser month. 

The Movember Foundation, is a charity that tackles some of the biggest health issues men face, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Throughout November, the school that has 850 boys aged between 11 and 18, held several activities for the students and staff to participate in, from growing as much facial hair humanly possible, to structured assemblies to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

On Thursday 30th of November, it was ‘Pay as you Mo’ day at the school, pupils and staff raised more than £150 for the Movember Foundation by donning both real and fake moustaches.

Colleagues (Males only we believe!), gathered in front of the school’s chapel with their hair-oic facial furniture to replicate a ‘tache-full’ 1906 photo of former King Edward’s staff.

A spokesperson King Edward’s School said: “During the month of awareness activities, pupils have learnt about prostate and testicular cancers as well as the importance of being open and honest about how they feel. The school also embarked upon a week of promoting form class exercise as a source of wellbeing.”

Director of Outreach and Wellbeing, Deborah McMillan, said: “It is important as a boys school to recognise and support the only charity in the world dedicated to men health

“Raising awareness of men’s cancers and addressing the potential for mental health
problems arising from not knowing how to talk about difficulties is paramount in helping our boys to lead healthy lives.

“It has been a fun month of activities supported by the whole school community, and our
recreation of a photo from 1906 was a fantastic way to recognise the efforts of our hairy
male teachers.”

For more information on the Movember Foundation and to donate, go here.


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