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Staff from St Martha's School in Hadley Wood take on Movember with a twist
A school bursar who lost three members of his family to cancer has rounded up a team of staff to take on Movember, but with an unusual twist.
Stephen Rayner and up to ten of his colleagues from St Martha’s School in Hadley Wood will be raising money for the national men’s health charity by growing moustaches throughout November.
As well as contributing cash towards a series of men’s health charities supported by Movember, the team plan to dye their mo’s pink at the end of the month to raise some extra cash for women’s cancer charities.
Mr Rayner, a bursar at the Camlet Way girls’ school since 2002, has lost his father, mother and most recently his sister to cancer.
He took on Movember on his own last year, raising an impressive £900, but this year decided to enlist the help of fellow members of staff – even the canteen chef.
Mr Rayner said: “It’s very important to me. Our students to an awful lot of fundraising throughout the year and I thought this was a good chance for us to do our bit.
“We’ve already had a few sniggers in the corridor from the students but it is a bit of fun and the reaction has been great.”
The team is hoping to top an official fundraising league of school teams, in which they are currently placed third, but say any amount of money will be pleasing.
Headteacher Matthew Burke said: “It is fantastic to see them throwing themselves into the challenge. Cancer is something that touches everyone and this is something concrete people can do about it.
“There is the fun element of the moustaches but there is a serious side of raising money and awareness too.”
To follow the team's progress or donate, visit their Movember page here.
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