Beard up for bowel cancer

Frank Dutton

Frank Dutton

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The annual charity moustache and beard-growing season is upon us, with one Stagsden man calling on men to go grizzly to raise awareness about bowel cancer.

As one of the national Decembeard ambassadors, Frank Dutton hopes chaps will forgo shaving to raise funds for the charity Beating Bowel Cancer.

The 46-year-old Bedford University volunteer and trainee primary schoolteacher, has a personal reason to support the campaign as his father died of bowel cancer when he was just two years old.

He has no real memory of him and says he always wonders what his life would have been if cancer hadn’t taken his dad.

Frank, who used to be a semi-professional ice hockey player, previously raised funds for many cancer charities. But following a serious injury in 2008 he can no longer take part in most physical fundraising activities.

He said: “I took part in Decembeard last year and it was great. Here was something I could do to raise funds for a great charity that takes absolutely no effort. Basically you just ditch the razor for a month and get sponsored for it – and you even save on razors!”

“Having a beard seems to be the in-thing at the moment, so why not grow the fuzz and raise some much needed money for a brilliant cause at the same time. No family should lose someone to this evil disease.

“And it’s a great talking point. Spreading awareness of symptoms can save lives. I hope that men in the Bedford area will sign up today and make a real difference.”

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 per cent of cases can be treated successfully.

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

To join Frank’s team go to www.justgiving.com/teams/TheBedfordBeards” or donate directly to www.justgiving.com/Frank-Dutton1/

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