Bowel cancer survivor helps raise £28,000 in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 May 2015

Patient leader Fiona Carey, event organisor Rod Jones, WheelPower chief exec Martin McElhatton

Patient leader Fiona Carey, event organisor Rod Jones, WheelPower chief exec Martin McElhatton


A man who survived bowel cancer has helped raise thousands of pounds for three charities.

Rod Jones, of Datchworth Green, contracted the disease in 2013 but after overcoming it, decided to hold a fun event for friends, with a charitable angle.

That event, a lunch at the Old Palace in Hatfield which included an auction, managed to raise £28,000 for the three chosen charities.

Rod said: “In the dark days of chemo treatment I decided on a fun fundraising project for friends and family and in the stunning Old Palace it became a reality.

“It was a very personal affair. It gave me something to do when I was in my chemo bubble.

“I was keen to find a smaller cancer charity that had a focus on early diagnosis and after some Googling came across Beating Bowel Cancer, which fitted the bill perfectly.”

Graham Kelly, director of fundraising, said: “All the money raised will be put to the charity’s Lift the Lid campaign, raising awareness of bowel cancer and early diagnosis.

“Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer, yet 90 per cent of people will survive if diagnosed early.

“We want to share the message that knowing the symptoms and acting on them saves lives.”

One of the other charities to benefit was WheelPower, a national charity for wheelchair sport.

As part of their work they decide which applicants are given specialised sports wheelchairs.

The lucky recipient at the lunch was Fiona Carey, 51, who took up wheelchair basketball after being inspired by the Paralympics in 2012.

The day also included entertainment from the third benefitting charity, Hertfordshire Chorus, whose members include Rod’s 
wife, Rachel.

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