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Do you remember at the beginning of December last year we shared a post on Heritage Centre volunteer David Garrod who was taking part in ‘Decembeard’ to raise money for the charity Bowel Cancer UK? Well, we thought it was time for an update on how he’s doing, and David told us that as his family and friends love his new facial fuzz . . . the beard is staying until the end of lockdown!

David also shared his reasons behind this challenge, “I began growing my beard during December 2020 to raise awareness of bowel cancer. My mother, who is 89 years old, had bowel cancer over 20 years ago. It was quite advanced, and she was referred to the Royal Marsden Hospital who offered her a new almost untried treatment. It worked and she became cancer free. It was this pioneering treatment, and the fact that due to the Coronavirus lockdown charities have lost funds that I decided to grow the beard and raise what I could for bowel cancer. I have to do a bowel cancer test every two years myself and fortunately the last test, about two months ago, was completely clear.

Although my mum survived bowel cancer 10 years ago, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and has been in a nursing home for the last 5 years. She is now bed bound and unaware of her surroundings. I also take part in memory walks in support of Alzheimer’s.’

We are so proud of David who has already raised £160 of his £100 target! If you would like to support David and help raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK there is still time to donate. Please visit: www. and give whatever you can.

Well done David from all of us at the Heritage Centre and we have to agree with the family – the beard’s a keeper!

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