Workplaces looking to do their bit for charity this season might want to check out Beating Bowel Cancer’s Decembeard campaign, in which men are being asked to either grow a beard or decorate the beards they already to raise awareness and much-needed cash.
According to the charity, each year in the UK, more than 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and, each year, 16,000 die from the disease. But it says it doesn’t have to be that way because 90% of those diagnosed at an early stage can be successfully treated -and that’s why awareness of the disease and its symptoms is crucial in improving survival rates and such an important part of the Decembeard campaign.
Over the last five years, thousands of men around the UK have supported Decembeard. It has helped to save lives and the funds raised for the charity have enabled them to provide support services to a great many bowel cancer patients and their families. But thousands more people are diagnosed each year, so the charity is once again asking men to become Decembeard champions to help them harness the power of the beard.
Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer Mark Flannagan said: “Decembeard is a fun and simple way for men to help us take on bowel cancer. I’m hoping as many people as possible from Scotland will get behind the cause. The money raised will help to fund the charity’s work supporting people with bowel cancer and their families and raising awareness of the disease, its symptoms and the need for early diagnosis.”
“If you’re willing to go grizzly throughout December, dye or decorate your existing face fur or hold a ‘beardy’ event in the local area, you can check out Decembeard.org today and join the hairy band of brothers taking on bowel cancer beard by beard.”