During November many of the books in the ILC sported a brand new look. They all wore a moustache…

Not the flimsy plastic sort you might get out of a Christmas cracker, but a variety of styles – from woofly to bumfluff, bristly to droopy to… well… Hitler. And even a copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf got in on the act, although we did decide he might look better with a floppy and droopy amount of face hair than the short and brisk moustache he actually did have.

The reason for this is Movember – which takes place every November – whereby those that can, are encouraged to be sponsored to grow a moustache over the thirty days of the month, then shave it off, sometimes with great ceremony. The money they raise goes into the Movember Foundation, an organisation that seeks to stop men dying too young by raising awareness of testicular and prostate cancer, men’s mental health and suicide prevention. These are some of the biggest causes of early death in males, and by raising awareness of the symptoms and issues around these killers the Movember foundation are trying to change this. Therefore, encouraging moustache growth during November is one way to raise awareness, and each year thousands of men take up the challenge.

Therefore, as part of this campaign, the books in the ILC have got in on the act, and many of them have had added facial hair during the month alongside any of the staff who have been taking part in Movember. Next year, we’re hoping to make this bigger and better, as the interest generated helped to raise a lot of awareness of the campaign.

We’ve now shaved the books again, but we can’t help missing some of the looks we’d created – particularly Aiden Turner as Poldark with the biggest woofly moustache going.

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