Richard and Sarah Haugh will feature in the new fundraising book. Richard has successfully overcome bowel cancer. I am very much looking forward to meeting them both and talking about their involvement with the Beating Bowel Cancer charity, which is the bowel cancer charity I support. They are both actively involved in fundraising and raising awareness about bowel cancer.
My mother lost her four year battle with bowel cancer last August, so its always nice to embrace good and positive news stories about bowel cancer. All funds raised sales from the new book will be donated to Beating Bowel Cancer.
In fact Richard benefited from the screening age in Scotland, where they live, being 50 as opposed to 60 in the rest of the UK. His bowel cancer was picked up during routine screening which could well have saved his life. Richard and Sarah were both at the Houses of Parliament yesterday where Beating Bowel Cancer held a reception to call on MPs to back reducing the screening age from 60 to 50 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is estimated that if the screening age was 50 across the whole of the UK, then 4,000 patients a year might benefit from early detection and have a much better chance of beating this awful illness.
The charity have put up a link for anyone to write to their local MP to ask them to back the age reduction. It's really easy to do and only takes a couple of minutes to complete. Please do this as every letter in support helps. To go to the page click here.