Bowel cancer leads to marathon run

A YOUNG man who has watched his father suffer with bowel cancer will be running the London Marathon to raise money for the charity that has supported him.

Matthew Hammill, from Eve Balfour Way, in Haughley, had just got back from holiday when, three years ago, his stepfather Brian phoned to tell him the bad news.

Brian Coote, 61, had to undergo a bowel operation and gruelling chemotherapy before he went into remission for one and a half years.

But, six months ago, he was told that the cancer was back and he had to have a second operation to remove tumours in his lung and liver.

Mr Hammill, who works as a policeman, said: “Before Brian was taken ill I never thought much about doing charity work. Now I want to do as much as I can to help people like him in the future.

“I’ve been really impressed with him - he’s not let it get the better of him,” he added.

The 26-year-old has been training since March last year and has already worn out three pairs of trainers. He is ‘excited’ about the challenge and wants to raise as much money as possible for Beating Bowel Cancer.

To donate, go to: www.justgiving.com/Matt-Hammill