Royal Mail backing Movember

Postman Allan Dean and Postwoman Shannon Bateman, Neil Stuke
Postman Allan Dean and Postwoman Shannon Bateman, Neil Stuke

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 Western Isles workforce 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.

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 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.”