Saturday, 11 March 2017

Jonathan Agnew In The Lives & Times Bowel Cancer Fundraising Book

At the start of the English 2015 cricket season I travelled up to Lords to meet Jonathan Agnew from BBC Test Match Special. This was an absolute highlight for me being a big cricket fan. I wasn't able to go to see the day's play due to work, so I managed to get into the ground after play had finished to meet Aggers under the media centre, although if you buy the book that wasn't as simple as it might sound. 

In just the few minutes we had together I managed to get the photo for the book, and a photo with the Beating Bowel Cancer charity tie for the Facebook group that raises awareness about bowel cancer. Aggers also very kindly did a short video message for the Knowl Hill Cricket Club side I play for following our disastrous 48 all out the previous week. It's worth a watch and the following week we scored a much more respectable 159 in a drawn match :)

The Lives & Times book was published in November 2015, and along with the limited edition screen prints it has raised over £3100 so far for the Beating Bowel Cancer charity. My mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012 and battled bravely for over 4 years. Although she had successful surgery to remove the tumour from her bowel the cancer spread to her left lung and she had four operations to remove cancerous nodules. Unfortunately her health deteriorated with the cancer spreading to her brain, and this proved to be one battle too many for her, and she sadly passed away last August. I am carrying on my fundraising efforts in her memory. Please support the book and all the proceeds from sales are donated to the charity.

Bowel cancer is the second highest cancer killer in the UK, but if detected early it can be successfully treated in over 90% of cases. Much more needs to be done in raising awareness to help reduce the 16,000 lives lost each year. A reduction in the screening age to 50 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland matching that in Scotland could make a significant difference too. Read more about how you can contact your MP about this here.

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