Cricketer Chris Read Pledges Support to Bowel Cancer UK

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Wicketkeeper and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Captain, Chris Read, becomes Patron of national charity Bowel Cancer UK.

It is an immense honour to have been asked to become a Patron of Bowel Cancer UK. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all those I have come in contact with at the charity over the past few years and prior to that when I ran the New York marathon.

To mark April’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), wicketkeeper and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Captain, Chris Read, has become a Patron of national charity Bowel Cancer UK.

Chris has supported the charity since 2007 when he ran the New York Marathon in honour of his first cricket coach, Trevor Ward, who died of the disease. He has also previously helped to raise the profile of bowel cancer during BCAM, and in 2009 generously donated a percentage of his benefit year to the charity.

Chris will assist the charity as it steps up its health promotion activity in 2010. Bowel Cancer UK aims to encourage more people to be screened when they are eligible and to make simple changes to their diet and lifestyle in order to help reduce their risk of developing bowel cancer.

Chris Read comments, “It is an immense honour to have been asked to become a Patron of Bowel Cancer UK. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all those I have come in contact with at the charity over the past few years and prior to that when I ran the New York marathon."

“I look forward to a continued relationship with Bowel Cancer UK. As a Patron I will ensure that together we raise awareness of the disease whenever and wherever possible and that the charity gets all the support it deserves.”

Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK comments, “We are delighted that Chris Read has agreed to be a Patron of our charity. Awareness of bowel cancer is still very low and many people are dying unnecessarily from a disease that is highly treatable if it is caught early."

“Having a high profile sportsperson to deliver important messages around diet and lifestyle will be absolutely invaluable, as a healthier lifestyle has been shown to help reduce bowel cancer risk. We firmly believe that support from Chris in raising awareness will help us in our aim to save lives from the disease. He has been fantastic and we look forward to working with him in the future.”

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