Bupa UK gets behind Movember to champion men’s health

01 November 2018 . United Kingdom

Bupa UK has joined the Movember Business Club to help raise funds and awareness for the charity.

Movember 2018 Bupa UK

Today, Bupa UK was one of the key supporters to help launch this year’s Movember campaign, raising awareness and funds for better men’s health.

David Hynam, Bupa UK CEO, and Owen Sharp, CEO of the Movember Foundation, met onboard the Man Van in London’s financial centre, Canary Wharf. This marked Bupa’s pledge to support the cause and to hear more about Movember’s work to support men’s health.

Movember focuses on raising awareness of men’s health issues including prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. By 2030, the Movember Foundation aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%, a cause Bupa passionately supports.

In 2017 Bupa UK raised £17,000. This year there are even more employee-driven initiatives to support Movember:

  • Bupa UK is joining the Movember Business Club for a second year in a row. The club is a healthy competition between organisations to raise money for the charity.
  • Colleagues will be growing a mo (mouthache) to raise awareness as well as donations – look out for the ‘best mo in show’ being shared on Bupa’s social media
  • People are committing to walk or run 60km during the month – this is to recognise that 60 men take their own life every hour of every day around the world
  • Others will be hosting fundraising events

Owen Sharp, CEO of The Movember Foundation, said: “Men aren’t looking after themselves. Many ignore warning signs about their health or put off going to the doctor when they need to. Many struggle to have a conversation about the more difficult things in life. Many find it tough to make friends as they get older or hold onto friends as their lives change.

"Thanks to the amazing efforts of our supporters, including Bupa UK, the Movember Foundation is investing in global and local initiatives to change this.”

David Hynam, Bupa UK CEO, said, “I’m really pleased to be part of the Movember launch. It was great to see first-hand the support and advice it gives men across the country, particularly in rural areas. It brought home how important it is to address men’s health conditions such as prostate cancer through to suicide.”

"Sadly, I’ve worked with a number of people who have been diagnosed with cancer or have experienced mental health issues at one point. I’m proud to support Movember and it’s great to see growing numbers of people across our business getting involved to show their support.”

Notes to editor

  • To donate visit Bupa’s page here.
  • To read David’s blog go to LinkedIn
  • We know early detection is key to ensuring better health outcomes. Bupa UK’s Direct Access self-referral service gives health insurance customers access to mental health, musculoskeletal, cataracts and cancer specialists, without needing a GP referral.
  • We offer our consumer customers health insurance, with mental health cover included as standard.
  • In August, Bupa Health Clinics launched a new 30-minute male health assessment to check for prostate and testicular cancer. This was in response to an increase in health assessment bookings we had earlier in the year, which we believe was driven by prostate cancer being mentioned prominently in the news following Stephen Fry and Bill Turnbull’s announcements they’ve got prostate cancer.
  • Bupa has also recently launched the most extensive mental health cover available - Business Mental Health Advantage - to provide employees and their families with support and treatment to manage eligible long-term mental health issues.
  • The organisation has also recently signed the Mental Health First Aid petition, encouraging workplaces to treat mental health like they would any other physical injury.

About the Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation is the global men’s health charity.

The Foundation raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programmes that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Committed to disrupting the status quo, millions have joined the movement, helping fund over 1,200 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.

In addition to tackling key health issues faced by men, the Foundation is working to encourage men to stay healthy in all areas of their life, with a focus on men staying socially connected and becoming more open to discussing their health and significant moments in their lives.

The Foundation’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Join the movement at Movember.com.

About Bupa

Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

With no shareholders, our customers are our focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

Health insurance accounts for the major part of our business with 16.7m customers and contributes around 75% of revenue. We operate clinics, dental centres and hospitals in some markets, with around 15m customers. We care for around 22,300 residents in our UK, Australia, New Zealand and Spain aged care businesses.

We directly employ around 80,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, Chile, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Turkey, the US, Brazil, the Middle East and Ireland. We also have associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.

For more information, visit www.bupa.com.