GROW A BEARD TO HELP BEAT BOWEL CAN­CER

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

MATTHEW WRIGHT AND CHRISTOPHER BIG­GINS On be­half of Beat­ing Bowel Can­cer

WE’RE all set to sup­port Beat­ing Bowel Can­cer’s De­cem­beard cam­paign next month and hope some of your read­ers will join us in sup­port­ing this great cause and grow a beard for Christ­mas.

All you need to do is ditch your ra­zor and get spon­sored for NOT shav­ing. What could be eas­ier? De­cem­beard is a fun cam­paign in aid of a se­ri­ous cause.

It asks men to raise spon­sor­ship by grow­ing a beard through­out the month of De­cem­ber, in or­der to break down the stigma of talk­ing about bowel can­cer and raise funds for Beat­ing Bowel Can­cer.

This will help the char­ity to sup­port bowel can­cer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

The cam­paign will also help to raise aware­ness of the dis­ease, its symp­toms and the need for early di­ag­no­sis.

Like tens of thou­sands of peo­ple across the coun­try we have been af­fected by bowel can­cer.

Both of us lost our fa­thers to this ter­ri­ble dis­ease.

Around 110 peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with bowel can­cer ev­ery day, that adds up to some­one ev­ery fif­teen min­utes.

But the good news is that 90 per cent of th­ese cases can be treated suc­cess­fully if caught early.

The char­ity hopes to raise £500,000 through the cam­paign; which they can reach if 5,000 men raise just £100 each.

If you’re in­ter­ested in be­ing one of the 5,000, you can check out the cam­paign at www.de­cem­beard.org or on twit­ter @de­cem­beard_uk.

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