A bearded wonder

Rob Jones, from St Helens, taking part in Beating Bowel Cancer's Decembeard campaign
Rob Jones, from St Helens, taking part in Beating Bowel Cancer's Decembeard campaign
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A ST Helens bowel cancer survivor is supporting a hair-raising campaign.

Rob Jones, from St Helens, will be growing a beard for the Decembeard campaign by Beating Bowel Cancer to help beat the disease.

The initiative asks men to grow a beard throughout the month to raise awareness of the disease and funds for the charity.

The 61-year-old has a very personal reason for supporting the campaign.

In 2012 he was diagnosed with bowel cancer which had spread to his liver. Following major operations to remove the tumours and numerous rounds of chemotherapy, his latest scan in September this year showed there was no recurrence of the cancer.

The great news came just before Rob, a former IT worker, read about Decembeard.

The grandfather-of-three said: “When I read about the campaign, the timing was perfect. I really wanted to help raise awareness of the disease and support the charity, Beating Bowel Cancer, as they do so much to support those affected by the disease.

“I registered the week before December and family and friends – and even friends of friends - have been so generous in sponsoring my beard-growing attempt. I’m so grateful for all their support.

“But Beating Bowel Cancer relies entirely on voluntary donations to provide help and reassurance to all those affected by this awful disease and needs to raise £500,000.

“So if anyone locally also wanted to support my fundraising efforts, it would be fantastic.”

To support Rob’s fundraising visit www.justgiving.com/Robert-Jones31102012/

For more information about Decembeard or to sign up, go to www.decembeard.org. You can also check out the campaign @Decembeard_UK #decembeard.

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. Each year more than 41,000 people are diagnosed with the disease, but if caught early, more than 90% of cases can be treated successfully.

For more information about bowel cancer, visit www.beatingbowelcancer.org.

Or if anyone has concerns or queries, you can contact their Nurse Helpline on 020 8973 0011 or email nurse@beatingbowelcancer.org.