Sheffield United worker grows a beard for charity

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A Sheffield United worker is calling on people take part in the ‘Decembeard’ fundraising campaign with him.

Mark Todd, head of Sheffield United’s Community Foundation, is growing a beard to help raise cash for the Beat Bowel Cancer charity.

Mark, whose mum, May Todd, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 1996, said: “Because of what mum went through with bowel cancer, I really want to help raise awareness of the disease in the Sheffield area and raise funds to support the charity Beating Bowel Cancer,

“I’m hoping lots of local men will sign up to help beat this horrible disease and raise funds to support those going through it. Decembeard is a fun way to raise funds for the charity and get people talking about bowel cancer; making them more aware of the symptoms, which could save lives.”

Paula Guanaria, Senior Community Fundraiser for Beating Bowel Cancer in the North, said: “One in four people are touched by bowel cancer in some way, either directly or through a family member or friend. But it doesn’t have to be this way as it’s a very treatable condition if caught early.”

For more information about Decembeard or to sign up, go to