Royal Mail has been encouraging its staff across north east Fife to raise cash for its new charity partner Prostate Cancer UK, by getting involved in ‘Movember’.
The company’s support for tackling prostate cancer has been highlighted by a special nationwide Movember postmark applied to letters from October 15.
Money raised by Royal Mail employees will be matched penny for penny by the company which has a proud history of charitable fundraising and recently became a Guinness World Record Holder for supporting the most registered charities through payroll giving.
Royal Mail is backing Movember to raise money in support of its charity partner, Prostate Cancer UK.
Their employees in Fife are being encouraged to grow a Mo (moustache) or sponsor colleagues who do so and undertake a variety of fundraising activities.
All money raised by staff in the region will be matched by the Royal Mail.
Their support for Movember was launched by Neil Stuke from BBC1’s hit drama ‘Silk’.
The new nationwide postmark will be applied to all postmarked letters for two weeks from October 15, and for two weeks in November.
Neil Stuke — who has a close friend and colleague affected by prostate cancer and who plays a character with the disease in Silk — decided to support the charity and has agreed to grow a ‘Mo’ during Movember.
Neil said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, killing one man every hour.
“I am showing my support by growing a Mo and supporting Movember, Prostate Cancer UK and the Royal Mail in their determination to raise awareness and funds to tackle the disease.
“I would encourage men all over the country to get involved and grow a Mo to help change the face of men’s health.”
Prostate Cancer UK was chosen as Royal Mail’s main charity partner after a vote by staff earlier this year.
Gerry O’Rourke, Royal Mail’s Regional Operations Director said: “We have a proud history of charitable fundraising at Royal Mail – in fact, we’re Guinness World Record Holders thanks to the generosity of our people.
“So I am very confident that we will continue that tradition by raising funds for this very worthy cause during Movember and in the year ahead.”
Owen Sharp, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We are delighted that Royal Mail is appealing to its employees to get involved in Movember.
Even though, on the surface, Movember appears to be a fun initiative it has been hugely successful in not only raising millions of pounds for research into prostate cancer, but also in managing to get younger men to start thinking about their health.
We encourage men of all ages and all walks of life to get on board and grow a Mo this Movember.”
n Visit the website www.movember.com.