Whiskers galore for Decembeard campaign

Scott Eastwood EMN-151214-121424001
Scott Eastwood EMN-151214-121424001

A teacher from Caistor who has been told his bowel cancer is advanced is urging men to support Decembeard to help beat the disease.

Beating Bowel Cancer’s Decembeard campaign asks men to grow a beard throughout the month of December to help raise funds for the charity and raise awareness of the disease.

Despite undergoing chemotherapy Scott Eastwood, 34, has taken on the mantle of Decembeard ambassador to help promote the campaign and is taking part in the hairy challenge himself.

“I got involved with Decembeard through Beating Bowel Cancer after being diagnosed with the disease in March 2014 aged 32,” said Scott, who grew up in Caistor and attended Caistor Grammar School.

“After having life-saving surgery and six months of chemotherapy, I wanted to do something to raise money and awareness but obviously wasn’t feeling great so Decembeard was ideal.

“I managed to raise £1,000 last year which I was delighted with.

“It is just a fantastic and easy way to raise money for a fantastic charity which has offered great support to me since my diagnosis.

After his most recent diagnosis, Scott has vowed to keep fighting the disease, while creating as many memories as he can for his family - his seven-year-old son Jacob and his wife Lauren.

“Unfortunately my cancer was found to have metastasised to my spine in May 2015 and I am now undergoing my second round of chemotherapy, but it is not stopping me doing Decembeard again this year.”

You can support Scott’s fundraising efforts at justgiving.com/BeardyEasty-part-2/

The funds raised through Beating Bowel Cancer’s Decembeard campaign will help fund the charity’s services that give people with bowel cancer help, hope and reassurance.