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Those that know our head of programmes Jack Barnes will know he is passionate about social action through his work with NCS. In this blog he writes about a charity event he is taking part in to raise funds for his friend going through treatment. 

On the 9th of January we received the devastating news one of our close friends, and Matt’s brother, Scott Richardson, has cancer. As a group of close friends and family, we wanted to do something to show support, and help Scott fight this terrible disease.

Scott is married to Kitt, and have a young son, Harry. Scott is an avid follower of all things football, being a big Liverpool FC and also that of hometown Doncaster Rovers FC. With us all being close growing up, going to football and the races and socialising regularly, hearing Scotts news was truly devastating.

In males in the UK, bowel cancer is the third most common cancer, with around 22,800 cases diagnosed in 2014 that’s 110 cases every single day. 1 in 14 men will be diagnosed with bowel cancer at some point in their lives. It is not something which you think will affect you or those people close to you, but when it does it’s the most devastating news to hear

So we decided, in support of Scott to shave our hair (non-beard)! On Thursday 9th February we will get together and shave our heads in support. In doing so, we hope to raise awareness for this horrible disease, support Scott in doing this together and raise funds for cancer research. We being, myself Jack Barnes, (friend of Scott), Matt Richardson (Scott’s brother), Dan Hirst (Scott’s cousin), Tom Scott (friend of Scott), Aaron Smith (friend of Scott) and Luke Pepper (friend of Scott). 

We have received some fantastic support so far and chuffed with all of the responses for such a brilliant cause. So I ask for you to join and support Scott too, and us in this challenge. By donating what you can, as little or as much as you can afford will be greatly appreciated to help fight this terrible disease, check out our Just Giving page.