The Lives & Times book is raising funds for the Beating Bowel Cancer charity. Over the course of 18 months I met and photographed people from all walks of life to form the chapters of Lives & Times. Every single person taking part gave up their own time to do it and ALL proceeds are donated to the charity. Over £3250 raised so far and every sale counts. www.bowelcancerfundraising.co.uk
Mike & Jules Peters Support Bowel Cancer Charity Book
Mike & Jules Peters at Abbey Road
Mike Peters, from The Alarm, and his wife Jules featured in the very moving documentary, Mike & Jules: While We Still Have Time about their cancer battles this week on BBC1. Mike has been fighting leukemia for 20 years and it was while the documentary, originally about a year in his life, was being filmed that Jules was diagnosed with breast cancer. The documentary follows Jules' journey through diagnosis to treatment.
Back in 2014, I went to Abbey Road Recording Studios in London to be part of The Scriptures charity record, put together by Mike, for the Love Hope Strength Foundation. I got to play a bit of guitar and wrote a verse for the world's longest song. I'd contacted Jules about them taking part in the book, so during the day Jules sorted out a photo opportunity for me. Looking back on this photo today, it is so much more than a rock 'n roll couple. The happiness in their faces shines through, and for anyone who has seen the documentary, for all the horrible cancer stuff, their love for each other is plain to see. Inspiration can be an overused word, but in this instance it is very true indeed as they are a real inspiration to so many people.
Me and Mike with his copy of Live & Times
The Lives & Timesbook was published in November 2015, and it has raised over £3250 to date. I'd love to push that figure as high as possible before the follow up book comes out in 2018/2019. My Mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012. The operation to remove the tumour from her bowel was a success, but unfortunately the cancer spread to her left lung. She underwent 4 operations on her lungs over the next few years, and was doing really well. Sadly at the end of 2015 the cancer spread to her brain, and although she had CyberKnife treatment her condition deteriorated, and she passed away on August 29th 2016, a week after her 80th birthday. All funds raised are donated to the Beating Bowel Cancer charity, and the book is also helping to raise awareness about this awful disease.