Knockout Bowel Cancer - teams needed for St Albans event

(April 04, 2011)
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'Knockout Bowel Cancer' event in St Albans on Sunday 22 May, with celebrity host. 

Local mum and marathon runner, Phillipa Andrews, is arranging an It’s a Knockout event ('KnockOut Bowel Cancer') on Sunday May 22nd, in aid of Beating Bowel Cancer, in St Albans Rugby Club, Oaklands Lane, Smallford.

Knockout Bowel Cancer is looking for teams of ten adults for an entry cost of £300 per team.  The games are great fun, and teams can come from local businesses, sports clubs, associations, or just groups of mates.

Teams can win extra points for dressing in silly outfits of any sort, but, as the event follows hot on the heels of the Wedding of the Year, the theme is Royalty, with the best Royal outfits up for a special prize.

There will also be a children’s event.  Up to 10 teams of 10 children (under 12 years) can enter, for £50.  Why not get your children’s school to take on another local school? 

Vince Franklin, local actor and personality, will be compering the event.  Vince is best known for his role as Stewart Pearson in TV show ‘The Thick of It’. He also played Life Coach Rowan in Ricky Gervais’s  'The Office'.  Vince has featured in countless major films, like Confetti, The Illusionist and The Bourne Identity (with Mat Damon).  Vince is also in the new hit BBC Four comic documentary series Twenty Twelve, about the people behind the 2012 Olympics in London, in which he stars alongside Hugh Bonneville. 

Organiser Phillipa Andrews says: “This event will be a really fun day for all the family.  We want as many teams to enter as possible, but even if you’re not entering, come and support the teams and enjoy the day.  As well as It’s a Knockout, there will be face-painting, bouncy castles, and loads more for families to enjoy. We've given it a Royal theme, in honour of the Royal wedding this year, but any silly outfits are allowed, and the aim is just to have fun.”

The fun and games will start at 11.00 with the grown-ups event starting at 11.30 and the children's event at 1.30. The day will end at about 4pm.  There will be plenty to eat and drink, from hot dog stalls to cakes and tea.  There will also be a full bar.

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This event is organised by Phillipa Andrews in aid of Beating Bowel Cancer.

Phillipa Andrews is school secretary at The Abbey Primary School, St Albans, mum to three primary school aged children, and is also running the London Marathon this year, along with her running partner Carole Booth.  They are raising money for Beating Bowel Cancer, a charity close to Phillipa's heart because in 2009 she lost her father, Dick Dickinson to bowel cancer.


 About bowel cancer

·         Bowel cancer is a disease of the large bowel (colon) or rectum. It is also sometimes called olorectal or colon cancer

·         It is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – claiming over 16,000 lives each year

·         Over 100 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every day, more than half of these with advanced cancer when it is often too late.

·         Yet if diagnosed early, over 90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully

·         Over 38,500 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year

·         Around one in 18 people will get bowel cancer

·         It affects men and women almost equally

·         A high proportion of bowel cancer cases are in the over 50s, however the incidence of bowel cancer in younger is increasing rapidly – in fact in the last ten years the incidence of bowel cancer in under 30s has increased by 120 per cent.



·         Beating Bowel Cancer research conducted by TNS amongst 1600 UK adults showed that:

·         Almost ¾ of people weren’t aware that bowel cancer was one of the top two causes of cancer deaths

·         Half of respondents did not know the high risk symptoms of bowel cancer

·         80% of respondents agreed that more information is needed about bowel cancer


About Beating Bowel Cancer

Beating Bowel Cancer is a UK charity dedicated to raising awareness of bowel cancer, promoting early diagnosis and encouraging open access to treatment choice for those affected by bowel cancer.

They provide support services for patients and their families, deliver awareness campaigns aimed at the general public and healthcare professionals, and lobby Government for improved outcomes for bowel cancer patients.

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