Thursday, 21 September 2017

Deborah James "Bowel Babe" Joins The Bowel Cancer Fundraising Book


I spent a really nice evening with Deborah James in Richmond last night. She happily agreed to be in the new book, and it was a fascinating and enlightening experience listening to her story and talking at length about bowel cancer. Deborah, married with two young children, has an aggressive form of stage 4 bowel cancer. Since her diagnosis she has played a major role in raising awareness about bowel cancer as well as raising a considerable amount of money for the Bowel Cancer UK charity. She uses the "Bowel Babe" name on social media, and I would highly recommend following her.

Bowel cancer is the second highest cancer killer in the UK claiming 16,000 lives each year. However if detected early it can be successfully treated in over 90% of cases. It was exactly a year ago today that we had my mother's funeral. She was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012, and passed away peacefully last August. All funds raised from sales of this book will be donated to the Beating Bowel Cancer charity. Please visit my www.bowelcancerfundraising.co.uk website, which has so far raised over £3250 for the charity.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Meeting Beating Bowel Cancer Ambassador & Television Presenter Sean Fletcher


I met television presenter Sean Fletcher, who is also an Ambassador for the Beating Bowel Cancer charity, close to Holborn Station, so we walked to the picturesque Lincoln's Inn Field to take the photograph, and have a chat. Sean, like me, has lost his mother to bowel cancer, although as the chapter will describe our stories are very different. There was so much to ask Sean in a short period of time, and I found him to be a genuinely nice man, really interesting to talk to, and his support for the book is greatly appreciated. All proceeds raised will be donated to Beating Bowel Cancer.

41,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, and it claims 16,000 lives making it the second biggest cancer killer in the UK. However, if detected early it can be treated in over 90% of cases. Much more work needs to be done in raising awareness about this awful disease to help bring down the numbers of lives lost.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Classic FM's Bill Turnbull Photographed for Bowel Cancer Fundraising Book


Today I met Bill Turnbull for the new fundraising book in Leicester Square. He is currently a DJ on Classic FM following a long career in journalism, including 16 years with BBC Breakfast News. So why is Bill holding my copy of 'The Stand' by The Alarm? I am sure all will become clear when you read the chapter in the book, but when he interviewed Mike Peters from the band on BBC Breakfast there was a bit of love for The Alarm going on. Bill was a great sport today, not just with stuff about The Alarm, but also with the bowel cancer tie. We then sat down and chatted about his life and career, so it's going to be yet another great chapter in the book.

The reason why Bill and everyone in the book is taking part is to help raise funds for Beating Bowel Cancer, and to help raise awareness about this awful disease. My Mum passed away in August 2016 having been first been diagnosed with cancer back in 2012. Bowel cancer claims 16,000 lives each year, making it the second highest cancer killer in the UK. Yet if detected early it can be successfully treated in over 90% of cases.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Meeting Steve Clark at The Herb Farm


I spent a fascinating hour and a half in the company of Steve Clark today. Steve is the latest addition to the new fundraising book. We both live in Reading, so arranging a meeting was easy, and Steve suggested The Herb Farm at Sonning Common. This was the first time I had been there, and as well as the plants it has a lovely cafe and shop, as well as the the Saxon Maze where we did the photography. Steve was diagnosed with  stage 4 bowel cancer in May 2013, and is doing some amazing work with his Strive For Five campaign, which as well as raising funds for Beating Bowel Cancer is also marking his 5-year survival from this awful disease. The chapter will not just talk about Steve's illness, but also of his life before bowel cancer, Strive For Five, and his bowel cancer diagnosis and journey. He was such a nice man, and yet another inspirational figure I have met on this journey. 

All proceeds raised from sales of the book will be donated to Beating Bowel Cancer. My Mum passed away in August 2016, four and half years after her diagnosis, and the new book is being done in her memory. Steve kindly bought a copy of my last fundraising book, Lives & Times, which has so far raised over £3250 for Beating Bowel Cancer.


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Jay Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel Comes On Board Bowel Cancer Charity Book


The latest musician to come on board, The Record, my forthcoming bowel cancer charity book, is Jay Aston from Gene Loves Jezebel. I have met him once before as we were both at Abbey Road in 2014 to participate in The Scriptures, the world's longest officially released song. That was where I photographed Mike Peters for, Lives & Times, the last fundraising book. The plan is hopefully to meet up with Jay in October, so that should be another great chapter for the book. A massive thanks to Donna Grant for making this happen 😊

Bowel cancer is the second highest cancer killer in the UK claiming 16,000 lives each year. However if detected early it is very treatable in over 90% of cases. The subject of bowels and poo etc. is still something we don't like to talk about, so a lot more needs to be done to help raise awareness about this awful disease. My Mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012, and passed away in 2016. All proceeds raised from sales will be donated to the Beating Bowel Cancer charity.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Photographing Janet Ellis for Bowel Cancer Charity Book


I spent an amazing hour this morning in the company of Janet Ellis. I'd had to postpone our meeting on at least two occasions, but Janet was incredibly understanding and only too happy to rearrange. Naturally, we talked about her time on Blue Peter, but also her life as an actor, television presenter, author, newspaper columnist, and of course being a mother. As you can see Janet was a great sport with the bowel cancer tie, and she came up with an interesting first record she bought, which you will be able to find out about once the new book is published. I am looking forward to writing up the chapter, as she was fascinating to talk to, and was so kind and supportive of the book, just a really lovely lady.

The Record, which will follow on from Beating Bowel Cancer published in 2012 and Lives & Times published in 2015, will be in memory to my Mum. She was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012, but sadly passed away in August 2016. All proceeds raised from sales of the new book will be donated to the Beating Bowel Cancer charity. As well as hopefully raising a decent amount of money, the other aim of the book will be to help raise awareness about bowel cancer. It is the second highest cancer killer in the UK claiming 16,000 lives each year, and yet if detected early is one of most treatable with a 90% survival rate.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Dr Who Companion On Board Bowel Cancer Fundraising Book


A year ago today my Mum lost her four and a half year fight with bowel cancer, so although it's been a poignant day, I have been determined not to let it be too sad, and focus on the happy memories. The new bowel cancer fundraising book is going well with around 20 people met and photographed so far, and about 30 more still to do. So on a day tinged with sadness, I am also very happy and delighted to be able to announce that actor Nicola Bryant has agreed to be in the book. She played Peri Brown, Dr Who's American companion, in the 1980s. This is exciting stuff for me, as I have watched the programme since the days of Jon Pertwee in the 1970s. This should be fascinating, as not only will there be Dr Who stuff to talk about, but also about her life and career since then.