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We are nearly half way through Movember – how’s the tashe growing going guys (and those few ladies)?

All hail Movember, the month of the moustache, when men grow their finest handlebar to raise awareness of prostate cancer. And it’s good news for those charitable hairies, because the latest survey has revealed that a Movember moustache could make you more attractive to the opposite sex.

According to the study, over a fifth of women said they’d be more likely to date a guy growing a ‘tache this month, with 55 per cent saying raising money for charity makes a potential date more attractive. And 80 per cent of women also said a moustache can make a guy look ‘fun’, ‘generous’, ‘rugged’ and ‘outdoorsy’.

But who exactly should the ‘tache growing’ man channel?

tumblr_myhpykiaWX1ruc976o1_500The study asked women about their favourite moustachioed celebrities. The top celebrity lip fizz wearers were Johnny Depp, James Franco, George Clooney and Freddie Mercury… as well as Ned Flanders from the Simpsons.

Last year Movember raised £92million with 1.1million Mo Bros taking part from around the world.

The state of men’s health is in a crisis. Simply put, men are dying too young.

Gender is one of the strongest and most consistent predictors of health and life expectancy. For men, this is not good news. On average, across the world, men die 6 years earlier than women.

Moreover, poor mental health affects men more than women: three quarters of suicides are by men. The World Health Organisation estimates that 510,000 men die from suicide globally each year. That’s one every minute.

The impact of prostate and testicular cancer on lives is substantial, with prostate cancer being the second most common cancer in men worldwide and the number of cases expected to almost double to 1.7 million cases by 2030.

Battersea Collars & Coats Gala Ball

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on our Collars & Coats Gala Ball
Eight year old Blossom – the beautiful bulldog who ended up at Battersea when her owners could no longer care for her

This Thursday sees the 7th annual Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Collars & Coats Gala Ball.

The Collars & Coats ball will be taking place at Evolution, where some of the biggest names from stage, screen, sport, and fashion will be coming together to celebrate and support the animal charity’s vital work caring for lost and abandoned dogs and cats.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on our Collars & Coats Gala Ball
Inseparable pair Sasha the Staffie and Titch the Jack Russell who do everything together

The event will start with a welcome from the legendary doggie Guard of Honour, which is formed by 40 of Battersea’s canine residents proudly taking their place on the red carpet.

The star-studded fundraising ball always attracts a stellar guest list of renowned Battersea friends and supporters and this year includes the charity’s Ambassadors Paul O’Grady MBE and Dame Jacqueline Wilson DBE. The evening’s entertainment includes performances from the burlesque troupe Crazy Rouge, internationally renowned classical artist Camilla Kerslake and the undisputed music legend that is Bryan Ferry.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on our Collars & Coats Gala Ball
Ten year old sweet and stylish Chihuahua Joshua who was given up to Battersea because of a change in circumstances

 As guests arrive at the Ball they’ll meet dogs of all breeds and sizes that have seen their life turned around in the care of Battersea’s committed staff and volunteers. The Collars & Coats Gala Ball is all about helping Battersea transform even more lives and give hope to thousands of dogs and cats every year.y.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on our Collars & Coats Gala Ball
Energetic and elegant seven year old fluffy Bichon Frise Lola

This year’s event is particularly poignant as celebrities gathered to remember the enormous sacrifice, tenacity and loyalty of the brave service dogs during World War One, which this year is marking its centenary anniversary.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on our Collars & Coats Gala Ball
Blossom – the beautiful bulldog

 Tickets for Collars & Coats Gala ball can be purchased by calling 020 7627 9309 and further information can be seen at the Collars and Coats website  . For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and to pledge donations, please visit the Battersea website.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on our Collars & Coats Gala Ball
Sasha the Staffie


Team Rock Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro

Monday Matters reporter Bonnie Britain spoke to Noel Sullivan, Lauren Samuels and Dan Fletcher who are embarking on a trek to Mount Kilimanjaro on the 2nd December 2014 for two charities: The lullaby trust and Bliss.

When Noel was younger, his family suffered two devastating tragedies; at only 6 months old, his brother, Dominic, was lost to sudden infant death syndrome. Just three years later, his sister, Alicia-Monique died prematurely aged nine days of complications relating to a brain tumour.   Noel wanted to find a way to honour his siblings memory and felt these charities best serve this purpose.  He will be joined by both Lauren and Daniel a mammoth 8 day trek to an altitude of 19,341 feet!

Mount Kilimanjaro map
Mount Kilimanjaro map

For more information and to donate please visit their page:  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Rocktrek

Campaign Against Living Miserably: Depression & suicide

Campaign Against Living Miserably logo
Campaign Against Living Miserably logo

The untimely death of Robin Williams made the headlines throughout the world and highlighted not only depression, but male suicide – which is the single biggest killer of men aged 20-49. In 2012 there were nearly 6,000 suicides, of which 77% were male.
 Jason McCrossan spoke to Jane Powell – Director of the men’s charity CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably.