Once again, Fermain Valley Hotel is supporting the very worthy, local charity Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG) and this year, they are asking individuals to fundraise and take part in a ‘Beard Off’. To take part, registration is £20 and it’s hoped that £40,000 will be raised through sponsorship to purchase a piece of high-tech equipment that will enable Template Prostatic Biopsies to be performed on island.
Owen Cole, MSG Consultant Urologist and MUG Council member explains:
‘The Template Biopsy technique has been developed in order to provide more accurate and extensive sampling of the whole prostate where cancer is suspected. Template biopsies may be recommended in certain medical circumstances and currently men are sent to Southampton for their biopsies. Unfortunately the wait for this is about five months and men have to stay overnight for the procedure.’
Mr Cole continues: ‘Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in Guernsey and this equipment, together with the specialist oncology nurse, also supported by MUG, will make a real difference to patients here in Guernsey.’
Growers will be encouraged to post their pictures on the Male Uprising Guernsey Facebook page throughout the month and a competitive element has been added. Anyone who raises over £200 must post their picture on the MUG Facebook page and Tim Coates, Commercial Director of the Fermain Valley Hotel, Owen Cole and the founder of MUG, Trevor Kelham will judge entrants to fine the MUG Beard of the Year winner.
The winning whiskers will be rewarded with a beard trim and a man’s hair cut at Manzur and an overnight stay for two at the hotel. The generous prize includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, £50 dining credit which can be used in either Ocean restaurant or The Rock Garden Steakhouse and breakfast the following morning.
‘Thank you to both Manzur and Fermain Valley Hotel for contributing the prizes. We’ll be looking at bushiness, creativity and all-round “real man” factor to find our local growing champion,’ explains Mr Kelham. ‘It’s time to beard up; the money we raise stays on the island to benefit local men. Grow local, support local!’
To set up your own fundraising page for the Beard Up and Man Up campaign, please click here.
To donate to MUG for this campaign, please click here.
For postal entries, please send cheques/cash to: Carly Howlett, MUG c/o TPA, Maison Allaire, Smith Street, St Peter Port, GY1 2NG.