Opus Energy and Beating Bowel Cancer

Today, we are featuring a guest post by Leanne from the Beating Bowel Cancer charity. Leanne talks about how the fundraising we are doing at Opus Energy helps the charity raise awareness.


Over the past few months, Opus Energy and their staff have been supporting us at Beating Bowel Cancer because very sadly Alex Dann, who worked at Opus Energy passed away from bowel cancer last year. They have come up with some ingenious fundraising ideas; My favourite was ‘Dial a Cream Tea’ (something all offices should offer in my opinion) and they have also taken inspiration by a certain television show (I’m talking about the Great British Bake Off of course) although with over 60 cakes, it was on a much grander scale!

We can’t thank you enough. Your fantastic efforts mean that we can continue to support and campaign for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We bring people with bowel cancer together to share experiences and create a powerful voice for change. We promote early diagnosis of bowel cancer and campaign for the highest quality treatment and care for bowel cancer patients.

1 in 16 people will get diagnosed with bowel cancer in their lifetime and anyone experiencing one or more of these symptoms for three weeks or more should go and see their GP.

• Bleeding from the bottom or blood in your poo
• A persistent change in bowel habit, especially going more often or looser stools
• Abdominal pain, especially if severe
• A lump in your tummy
• Unexplained weight loss or tiredness

As well as raising funds through cake, Opus Energy is also involved with Decembeard. The Decembeard campaign asks men to raise sponsorship for bowel cancer by growing a beard for the month. Opus Energy is also taking the campaign one step further (they are the people that brought us ‘Dial a Cream Tea’ after-all) and are also encouraging the ladies to get involved with the fundraising.

Beating Bowel Cancer is aiming to raise £250,000 from Decembeard to fund its work supporting people affected by bowel cancer and raising awareness of the disease, its symptoms and the importance of early diagnosis. Opus Energy’s support is bringing us one step closer to this ambitious (but we think achievable) goal so thank you to everyone who is supporting this campaign. We can’t wait to see the beards from your team!

To sign up for Decembeard, visit www.decembeard.org where you can register, take part in a quiz and so much more.

You can also follow us at @Decembeard_UK on twitter and like our facebook page www.facebook.com/DecembeardUK

Thank you for reading and for all your support. If you have any questions at all then please do get in touch with me at Leanne.Sinclair@beatingbowelcancer.org.

If you’re worried about bowel cancer, please visit our website www.beatingbowelcancer.org for more information.