Richard Symonds This April I am taking on my “Gutsy” challenge as a tribute to my Godfather, Crispin.
Recently Crispin was diagnosed with bowel cancer and he is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Crispin has always been an incredibly positive person, and even though he is battling cancer, that hasn’t changed at all and I have been completely inspired by his bravery.
If he can keep such a positive attitude and be so strong the least I can do is face my phobia…snakes. This April (Bowel & Cancer Awareness Month) I will be handling a snake for the first time, I cannot stress enough how scared of them I am.
Our aim is to raise as much money as possible for the charity, but we also want to use this as an opportunity to raise awareness of bowel cancer. 41,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year in the UK making it the second most prevalent cancer to affect both men and women equally. It is however one of the most treatable cancers if caught early. Crispin’s cancer was caught by complete chance during a routine check up at the doctors, however, there are a number of symptoms which shouldn’t be ignored if you notice any of them. You can find more information on these symptoms here https://www.bowelcancerresearch.org/bowelcancersymptoms

Anything you can spare for this great cause would be hugely appreciated! Richard Symonds