“A man without a moustache is a man without a soul.” – Confucius

In 2013, I lost one of my closest friends to Cancer, Steve Smith. At 33, he contracted a rare type of stomach cancer and sadly passed away after 10 months of treatment. At that time, one of the hardest of my life, everyone at Thorpe gave me the chance to grieve and support on my return to Thorpe. I will not forget within seconds of entering the door after, a boy in Year 11 said to me “I am sorry for your loss of your friend, sir”.

Steve or Smiffy to us, would go out of his way to help anyone where possible. We lived together before I moved in with Caroline (my wife) and asking him about moving out was a really hard thing to do. Not just because I had to move in with a girl (hoping Caroline does not read this) but because we had great two years together, lots of fun and I would miss the nights in on PS3 the most. When I told him it was to move in with Caroline, he was incredibly supportive and made it about the life, that he correctly predicted, Caroline and I would go on to make together. On the morning of moving out, Steve left but within 30 minutes he was back. He had not forgotten anything, but he wanted to be the first to bring us a moving in gift. That was Smiffy a true gentleman.

Steve was a laid back, a kind-hearted guy who loved the simple things in life, family, friends and relaxing. I try my best at every opportunity to portray his laid back nature to life and remember the wonderful friend he was. Movember not only supports Cancer charity, but they are also the leading charity in areas of Men’s Health. This is why I feel this charity is so apt for Thorpe House. Movember is dedicated to all aspects of men’s health and well-being, its three key focus areas are prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health and suicide prevention. Their aim is that our fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing a health crisis, yet it’s rarely talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent. This foundation started in Australia in 2003 to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancers, according to the Movember Foundation, a nonprofit that raised nearly $29 million in 2019.”We are all about the moustache and only the moustache,” said Movember’s U.S. Director Mark Hedstrom. “What we’re asking them to do is participate by changing their appearance. What that fosters is a conversation.”Now, it has campaigned in 21 countries, according to the organization. This year, the U.S. Movember campaign will also include men’s mental health and men’s fitness, Hedstrom said.

Mr Britton and I, are therefore prepared to have a pink moustache for a day per every £100 we raise (up to 5 days) to support the wonderful foundation that is Movember.

I hope you can support us at https://mobro.co/thorpepedept?mc=1

Mr Day