Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Book of photos in aid of cancer charity

A MAN is raising money to help families coping with bowel cancer after his mother was diagnosed with the disease.

A MAN is raising money to help families coping with bowel cancer after his mother was diagnosed with the disease.

Tim Darvell, 41, has published a book of 30 pictures taken in and around Henley, Windsor and Maidenhead. Each image is accompanied with the story behind it.

His mother, Jennifer, who was diagnosed with cancer in April, was born at the former Sun pub, off Fair Mile, Henley, where her parents Bill and Marjorie Sweetzer were tenants.

He hopes the book will raise £1,000 for the Beating Bowel Cancer charity.

Mr Darvell, who works for his family’s firm, John Darvell Packaging in Medmenham, said: “I was devastated when my mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer and in the blink of an eye our world was turned upside down.

“Thankfully, mum was able to have radiotherapy and chemotherapy to shrink the tumour followed by a successful operation to remove it.

“Although she still faces an operation to remove a cancerous nodule on her lung, she is making an excellent recovery.

“I wanted to do something to help raise funds for the charity and increase awareness of the condition.”

Mr Darvell, who lives in Earley, is fairly new to photography and bought his first SLR camera in September 2011.

The book took six months to complete and the pictures include ones of Henley at Christmas, rowers in action at the royal regatta and a sunrise in Medmenham.

Mr Darvell said: “I make no claims to be the world’s best photographer, I am still a relative novice, but I am hoping that the pictures and the stories behind them will bring as much enjoyment to the reader as I had taking them.”

Graham Kelly, director of fund-raising for Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “More than 90 per cent of cases of bowel cancers can be treated successfully if caught early, so it’s vital that people are aware of the symptoms and get help.”

* Beating Bowel Cancer: A Collection Of Photographs And The Stories Behind Them is available in print and online. To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/ tim-darvell

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