Royal Mail is backing Movember to raise money for prostate cancer - in support of its charity partner, Prostate Cancer UK. The company is encouraging colleagues among its 150,000 workforce to grow a Mo (moustache), or sponsor colleagues who do so and undertake a variety of fundraising activities. All money raised by staff will be matched by the Royal Mail.
Royal Mail's support for Movember was launched by Neil Stuke from BBC1's hit drama 'Silk'. The new nationwide postmark (pictured) 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 (the month formerly known as November).
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 UKand 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 UKwas chosen as Royal Mail's main charity partner after a vote by staff earlier this year.
Moya Greene, Royal Mail's Chief Executive said: "We have a proud history of charitable fundraising at Royal Mail - in fact, we're Guinness World Record Holders thanks to the efforts of our staff.
"So I am very confident that we will continue that tradition by raising funds 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."