Together, Southborough raised £2000 for 'Movember'

Just over a month ago, at the start of November, five members of Southborough staff - namely Mr Jordan, Mr Colbert, Mr Grinstead, Mr Boorman and Mr Swinchin-Rew - and two Sixth Formers - Daniel S and Richard V -bravely took up the ‘Movember’ challenge to raise awareness within the school of cancer and mental health amongst men.

Each teacher/6th former started the month clean shaven (some undertaking the ultimate ‘sacrifice’ of shaving off well matured beards and/or moustaches) and set about promoting the cause amongst Southborough students across all year groups.

Almost 50,000 men in the UK are being diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, accounting for 26% of all new cancer cases in males in the UK. 1 in 215 UK males will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in their lifetime. 1 in 3 people are likely to suffer from some form of mental health issue in their lifetime. Cancer and mental health issues can strike people of all ages, backgrounds and race. No one is immune. And being a predominantly all boys school (we have girls, too, in Sixth Form), the charity couldn’t be more relevant.

Assemblies and tutorials were conducted around the school and students had the opportunity to learn more about both cancer and mental health in men. They were able to ask lots of questions and become more knowledgeable, understanding and sympathetic towards about such sensitive –and often not talked about -  topics. Knowledge is, indeed, power.

The team set up a fund-raising page and staff and parents/carers were able to donate directly through this – or via Parent Pay. A sweepstake was run which raised even more money.(won by Pastoral Officer Mrs Karen Clements) Two of our superstar Southborough Charity Ambassadors – namely Year 9 students Daniel C and Thomas B – were happy to promote such a worthy cause by posing with their own moustaches, albeit the ‘stick on’ varieties! Both Thomas and Daniel were chosen to be our Charity Ambassadors because of the amazing work they did last year, raising a huge amount of money via sponsored activities for our annual RAG CHARITY 2020 event.

The way that students, parents/carers and staff ALL got behind this worthwhile ‘Movember’ initiative was truly AMAZING!!!! Times are particularly difficult for many families in the wider community, with uncertainty about the future, possible or actual redundancies and more. Despite this, our wonderful school community really pulled together and opened both their hearts and wallets. So much so, we are absolutely delighted to announce that an incredible £2000 plus was raised!!!

On behalf of the Movember Team – ably organised and run by ‘P.E. Teacher, Master of Rugby & Basketball and Duke of Edinburgh Co-Ordinator’ Mr Jordan – we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who supported this worthwhile cause.

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