2020 has hit men’s mental health hard, but this year’s group of Bedford School MoBros are determined to make Movember 2020 the best yet.

If you have been part of the school community for a while, you will know that at this time of year the boys come together in force to help raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health issues, through our annual Movember campaign.

Ashlesh Chandrapu, Tom Allen, James Worker and Parwaaz Upadhyay are at the helm of this year’s Movember campaign and are buzzing with enthusiasm and zest as they set about galvanising support from across the school.

There is no denying that this year is going to be a challenge. Usually, much of the fundraising and indeed awareness is done through face to face events and playing sport.

However, Parwaaz told us, “We have not let the Covid rules stand in our way and in fact we have been thinking a lot more creatively than we would normally. For example, instead of the famous dodgeball tournament taking place all on the same day, we have split it over the course of the week so that year group bubbles can play together.”

The boys are also leading a ‘60km in 30 days challenge’ to draw attention to the 60 men who commit suicide each hour globally. The challenge involves boys and staff attempting to complete 60 kilometres over the course of the month of November. This can be done through running, cycling, swimming or a combination of all three. The boys are encouraging as many boys and staff to participate as possible; not only will it raise more money for the charity, but people taking part will also benefit overall health and wellbeing.

Ashlesh is leading the challenge from the front (quite literally) and has taken the challenge to the next level as he attempts to run 300km during the month – 10km each day! Not an easy feat with dark nights and his studies to balance. He is well on track so far, and only feeling a little tired! You can support Ashlesh by making a donation to his Movember page here.

Of course, there is also the much-anticipated Bedford School Movember video to look forward to, and while the song and theme is under wraps for now, we can tell you that it will most certainly be worth waiting for.

Join the boys in their campaign by following them on their Instagram account @bsmobros, join the ‘60km in 30 days challenge’ here, or simply donate here.

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