Award for Wiltshire Police's Movember team

Award for Wiltshire Police's Movember team

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 11:06am 2nd March 2020.

3 minute read

There's been some top recognition for the officers and staff that have cultivated some facial hair for a great causes.

The 'Wilts-hair Mo-stabulary' has been supporting the Movember movement for the last five years.

Now, they've been given an award from the organisers for their efforts to raise money and awareness for male cancers and mental health issues.

Wiltshire Police Movember Team 2019
Some of the Wiltshire Police team who took part in Movember in 2019

Last year, the team raised nearly £4,000 during the event, taking their overall total to more than £18,000.

Salisbury Inspector Pete Sparrow has been leading the charge, and says he's delighted with the award: 

"This cause is one very close to my heart. It's amazing how my many colleagues have come on board to support this great charity and cause. 

"I feel humbled that we have won; there may have been three of us representing the force last night but this recognition is for everyone in our team who played a part in Movember last year and over the years." 

Wiltshire Police Movember Award February 2020
The award that's been picked up by the Wilts-hair Mo-stabulary team

Wiltshire's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: 

"I am extremely proud of what Pete and his Movember team have done - especially being recognised at an international level for the amount of work the Wiltshire team has carried out to raise the profile of men's health, not to mention the large amount of money raised too. 

"Cancer and poor mental health are two of the biggest battles to face anyone through their lives, but being able to highlight it and talk about it cuts the stigma and helps those who are suffering; Movember certainly supports that." 

Wiltshire Police Movember 2020
The team are likely to be taking on the Movember challenge again this year

Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire, said:  

"Congratulations to Pete and team - this is fantastic news. Mental health still carries a negative label and the publicity and support Movember gives helps to change that.  

"I, along with the Chief Constable, have signed up to the Blue Light Pledge which is our way of supporting staff and officers in Wiltshire Police who find themselves struggling with any problems linked to their mental health.  

"It's heartening to see that work boosted by Movember and the great amount of fundraising and positive publicity Pete and his team have raised within our force. Well done team on getting this prestigious award."

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