Celebrities back Decembeard to raise cash for Bowel Cancer UK

Yorkshire chef Brian Turner is supporting the cause.
Yorkshire chef Brian Turner is supporting the cause.

Sports broadcaster Jim Rosenthal, celebrity chef Brian Turner CBE and Olympian Carl Hester MBE are encouraging men across the country to grow a beard this December and raise money for Bowel Cancer UK

Taking part in Decembeard is really simple.

All you need to do is clean shave on November 30 and let your facial fuzz grow throughout the month.

Already bearded? No problem. Dye, ditch or decorate your beard and join the campaign.

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in men in the UK and the nation’s second biggest cancer killer. However it shouldn’t be, as it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Olympic gold medallist for Dressage Carl Hester has pledged his support for Decembeard.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be supporting Decembeard, which is especially personal to me. I’ve had polyps removed from my bowel and now have annual check-ups, but the realisation that it could have developed in to bowel cancer really hit me.

“This disease affects one in 14 men in the UK - it’s a very important cause.”

Sports broadcaster Jim Rosenthal said: “Dads, brothers, sons, nephews, grandads, uncles – get growing and raise as much as you can. It’s easy to do and a great chance to keep your face warm during the winter months!”

Save lives this December. Grow a beard and raise funds to support our vital services and lifesaving research: bowelcanceruk.org.uk/decembeard

Did you know?

• Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in men in the UK

• 1 in 14 men will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime in the UK

• More than 23,000 men are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK each year

• Bowel cancer accounts for 13% of all male cancer cases in the UK