Decembeard fund-raiser aims to help save lives - The Evesham Observer

Decembeard fund-raiser aims to help save lives

Evesham Editorial 29th Nov, 2018   0

AN ECKINGTON father will be creating some ‘facial architecture’ in December to raise cash for Bowel Cancer UK and help stop people dying of the disease.

Matt Tebbatt, architect and MD of One Creative Environments, is taking part in the Decembeard fund-raising campaign as he has recently been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Keen to make a negative situation into a positive, he has joined the campaign and is intending on having some fun at the same time.

Though he already has a beard, the 47-year-old will be finding different ways to highlight his facial hair.




He is determined to make more people aware of the disease and raise much-needed funds for the cause.

“Decembeard is a great way to raise money to help stop bowel cancer,” said Matt.


“OK, I’ve got a beard already but instead of growing one, I’ll be decorating, colouring, adorning, embellishing, sculpting and creating some ‘facial architecture‘.

“My daughter, Grace, is going to be taking charge of the decorations and my son, Sam, is also going to be dying his hair to support me, he can’t grow a beard yet.

“Family, friends and work colleagues have all been amazing already with their donations. I’ve already changed my fund-raising target twice.”

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.

Director of fund-raising for Bowel Cancer UK, Luke Squires, said: “Our vision is a future where nobody dies of bowel cancer, but we can’t achieve this alone.

“Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. However, it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

“We’re inviting men to join us this December to save lives by growing a beard. It’s a fun and simple way to raise vital funds that will make a big difference.”

Go online to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matthew-tebbatt to donate.

For more on Decembeard, log on to www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/decembeard

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