By Immy Share
The males working in the Leeds KPMG tax department have teamed together to raise money for the men’s health charity, Movember.
The tax employees are each foregoing shaving during November and are growing their moustaches for the full month.
Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s mental and physical health and advocate ‘grow a mo, save a bro’ as one of their main campaigns.
One KPMG team member taking part in the campaign is Jack Sampson who, after going through depression and anxiety, used the services supported by charities and fundraisers such as Movember to help him back onto his feet.
Jack said: “It seems like such a small thing for us as a team to do, but yields fan-tash-tic (pardon the pun) rewards for men struggling with these issues.
“If growing my moustache for 30 days can lead to someone getting the support and care they need then grow out my moustache I shall!”
Conor O’Leary is also a tax apprentice at KPMG who is sporting a Movember-moustache.
He said: “I’m really passionate about promoting men to be open and honest when talking about their health and it’s of paramount importance that men get vocal and challenge the traditional style of keeping quiet about any troubles.
“I think growing a moustache helps to raise awareness because at this time of year, you spot a moustache and instantly think it’s Movember.
“Everyone recognises what you’re doing and most importantly, it sparks a conversation.”
Conor has set up a just-giving page and has already raised a third of his target.
Movember’s UK country director, Anne-Cécile Berthier, said: “Movember is a unique, fun and easy way to build team spirit and engage staff and customers, while raising awareness and much-needed funds for men’s health.
“Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing a health crisis that isn’t being talked about.”
She added: “Time for more conversations, more catch-ups, more of what life’s about.”
Anne-Cécile Berthier also said that Movember encourages men to spend time with their mates and these social connections are a protective factor against illness and suicide.
“We want men to take action to live happier, healthier, longer lives and now is our time to make it happen.”