This day of the year sees the end of my month of aiding in the Movember charity movement to find a cure for Prostrate and Testicular Cancer both here in the UK and around the world. As you can see from the photo above I grew a nice hairy and thick moustache over four weeks. As it was my first time doing Movember (I recommend going to the link and reading up on it) I did not attempt to raise money but instead I donated one hundred pounds to Prostrate Cancer UK on the first day so that if I failed I would not fail those counting on my efforts.
So did I enjoy it? The short answer is yes. There are a few fellows in Girvan also doing the charity thing and we exchanged glances and even on two occasions hand shakes of mutual self congratulation. It is fair to say that facial hair of this kind is now not fashionable in Scotland and that most ladies have a strong feeling on it one way or the other (being called names in the street by strangers or having phone numbers pressed into the palm…nothing in between!). After the initial week of growth it was quite comfortable but I did need to shave every day to keep it in shape.
Movember is a great idea and my thanks to Jim Brittain and Pete McLean for introducing it to me. It will do a lot of good for many men.
Will I do it again…yes! Perhaps next year a full ruddy beard!
p.s. It was my idea to tie in the Christmas Tree saying to my Good Lady that it was for ‘continuity’ from one season to the next. But really I wanted to show this nine foot monster to you all. It took my wife several hours to put it up and I am very proud of her for it. Not easy…I will not even try!