Son takes on highland challenge

AN Ipswich son has today revealed why he is taking on a demanding highland challenge for his dad - and for Booby Moore.Matthew Peachey is trekking across Scotland to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund which collects cash for research into bowel cancer.

AN Ipswich son has today revealed why he is taking on a demanding highland challenge for his dad - and for Booby Moore.

Matthew Peachey is trekking across Scotland to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund which collects cash for research into bowel cancer.

Matthew, who lives with his dad in Radcliffe Drive, has been determined to make a difference after his dad, Kevin, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 1997, age just 38.

And with the World Cup coming up Matthew decided to remember footballing legend Bobby Moore, who also died from the disease, at the same time.

So the 22-year-old and four of his friends will be trekking the Great Glen Way, a 73 mile path from Fort William to Inverness, in just six days.

Matthew said: “I wanted to make a difference and I was keen to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund as my dad has suffered from bowel cancer.

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“I have always been a football fan and although Bobby Moore wasn't my era it is topical with the World Cup taking place this year.

“I am really looking forward to the challenge now.

“We anticipate the last day to be the toughest as we plan to walk 18 miles across quite rough terrain by which time we would have already covered quite a few miles.”

Matthew added: “I was originally hoping to raise £1,000 but I reached that already and there are still some people I haven't asked.”

And Kevin, who was treated at Ipswich Hospital, said: “I am delighted that Matt is taking part in this challenge, not only to raise money for a very worthy cause but also to raise awareness of bowel cancer.

“Eight out of ten people can be successfully treated if bowel cancer is found early and I would like to encourage anyone with concerns to visit their doctor sooner rather than later.”

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Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, only lung cancer kills more people.

About 35,500 people will be diagnosed with the disease this year, and around half of these will die.

But it is one of the most curable cancers if caught early enough.

The majority of people who get bowel cancer are over 50 but it affects men and women equally.

Source: www.beatingbowelcancer.org