Ben takes on ‘Decembeard’

Ben Newell sadly lost his mother to bowel cancer when she was aged just 64.

Ben Newell sadly lost his mother to bowel cancer when she was aged just 64.

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Stonehaven man Ben Newell, 33, has once again signed up as an ambassador for the hair-raising Decembeard campaign to help take on bowel cancer this Christmas.

Beating Bowel Cancer’s Decembeard campaign asks men to grow a beard for the month of December to raise awareness of bowel cancer in men and raise funds for the charity to help them support all those affected by the disease.

As one of the national Decembeard ambassadors, Ben, an ex-pupil of Mackie Academy, is urging local men to sign up and support the campaign. This campaign means a lot to Ben, because his mother, Susan Newell, sadly died of bowel cancer aged just 64.

Ben, who regularly volunteers for Beating Bowel Cancer and now lives in London, said: “I know first-hand how bowel cancer can devastate a family so I want to do my bit to raise awareness of the disease and raise funds for the charity, which does so much to support all those affected by the disease.

“Spreading awareness of symptoms can save lives and Decembeard is a great talking point, as well as a great fundraiser for the charity. I hope that men in the Stonehaven area will sign up to become a Decembeard champion this Christmas and help take on this awful disease.

“It’s so simple. Just ditch the razor for a month, get sponsored for it and talk to people about your beard. Or if you already have a beard you can still get involved by dying or decorating it. It’s a no brainer!”

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

Decembeard is a fun campaign in aid of a very serious cause. Each year in the UK, more than 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and 16,000 each year die from the disease. But it doesn’t have to be that way because 90% of those diagnosed at an early stage can be successfully treated.

Over the last five years thousands of men around the UK have supported the campaign. The awareness it has raised has undoubtedly saved lives and the funds raised for the charity have enabled them to provide help, hope and reassurance 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 a Decembeard champion to help them harness the power of the beard.

Ben says: “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, check out Decembeard.org today and join the hairy band of brothers taking on bowel cancer beard by beard.”

For more information about bowel cancer, visit www.beatingbowelcancer.org . Or if you have any concerns or queries, you can contact their Nurse Helpline on 020 8973 0011 or email nurse@beatingbowelcancer.org