A fantastic collection of supercars will be driving a crucial message from Lands-End to Bristol for a super cause.
The ‘BCW Grand Tour’, lead by local charity Bowel Cancer West, will include a Lamborghini, a Porsche and the 2016 winner of the Crumball Rally to draw attention to bowel cancer in the hope of saving lives during bowel cancer awareness month in April.
Each year, around 40,000 men and women are diagnosed with bowel cancer. It is the UK’s second biggest cause of death through cancer, largely because too many people either aren’t aware of the symptoms, will ignore them or remain too shy to seek advice.
Apart from being one of the best places in the UK to receive treatment, the west country is particularly at risk (according to a recent survey) with 9 out of 10 people admitting their knowledge is ‘average’ or ‘poor’.
The tour will be visiting eight major hospitals in the region and will arrive at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on 3rd April at approximately 3pm to meet with bowel cancer hospital staff.
Spearheading the tour is local bowel cancer survivor Roger Stone and the surgeon who operated on him, Mark Coleman and his team.
Mr Stone said: “I’m so grateful to Mark for saving my life and delighted I can do this tour with him. He’d said to me recently that if it’d ignored my symptoms another few weeks, I probably wouldn’t be here today. The work this charity does to raise awareness is so important and I’m delighted we can combine our visit to help lift patients spirits and let them know there is good local charity out there trying to make a difference.”
Surgeon Mark Coleman said: “It will be great fun driving these incredible cars but there is a very serious message we are trying to get across to people that bowel cancer be cured in over 90% of cases if caught early. During our tour, we will be passing life-saving advice for anyone experiencing irregular bowel habits, bleeding from the bottom or abdominal pain or bloating to visit their GP. Likewise, anyone over the age of 60 who receives a free NHS test in the post, must not ignore this.”
Through generous donations from the public the charity is looking to save more lives like Roger by raising awareness as well as committing to local research and extended training for GPs and nurses. To explore how you can support them, please visit www.bowelcancer.west.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured: Roger (left) and Mark admire the car collection, generously loaned by local supporters