A son and daughter are holding a coffee morning to raise awareness for bowel cancer, in memory of their late father.
Andy Barlow and Allison Chaisty of Jim Barlow Stationers Ltd. are hosting the coffee morning at the end of the month, to collect money for Bowel Cancer UK, a charity they say is close to their hearts, with their father Jim Barlow dying from the disease in 2012.
Daughter Allison said: “We’re hosting the coffee morning because traditionally we do the Macmillan coffee morning in September, but this year we’re hosting the Bowel Cancer UK coffee morning because my dad passed away with the illness seven years ago.
“He had bowel cancer for three or four years, and didn’t want to say anything, a lot of men don’t.”
There is still an unfortunate stigma surrounding men going to get checked out for cancer. However Allison urged anyone who feels they may have symptoms to go and get checked.
“Just go, go straight away, don’t be embarrassed, I know it’s not nice, but it’s not nice for anyone,” she said.
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 10 per cent of all cancer deaths in 2017, according to Cancer Research UK.
Some 54 per cent of bowel cancer cases in the UK are preventable, so the coffee morning hosted by Jim Barlow’s Stationery Ltd. is a great way to raise awareness and learn more about the disease.
“Just pop in, buy a piece of cake, have a cup of tea, and raise awareness for the charity.” Allison said.
The coffee morning will be held on Friday November 29 from 10am-1pm at the business at 18 Park Road, Walkden, M28 7DA.
For more information on the coffee morning, the company has created a Facebook event, which can be accessed by clicking here.
If you are unable to make the coffee morning but still wish to donate to towards the event, please call Jim Barlow Stationers Ltd on 0161 799 9558.