Decembeard Update

Real Men Grow Beards

Even though they itch a bit in the early days and make soup a questionable lunchtime choice, real men still grow beards. Why? Because real men like to feel like bears. Grizzly bears. Big, heaving, honey guzzling grizzly bears. But also because since 2011 Decembeard has been raising money around the world to help those affected by Bowel Cancer by getting sponsored to – you guessed it – grow a beard. A huge thank you to the men all across Ireland that are ditching the razor for the month of December to help raise awareness of and funds for bowel cancer!

Cork City FC

We were delighted to have Cork City stars Ronan Coughlan & Dáire O’ Connor and Tom Winters Barbers on board to launch this year’s Decembeard campaign. The lads will be joining hundreds of men all over Cork as they put away the razors for the month of December. You can follow Ronan and Dáire’s Decembeard journey’s on their twitter accounts! 

Returning Funds

There are a number of ways in which you can lodge your sponsorship money : 

  • Pop into our office on Grenville Place, opposite Corbett Tyres.
  • Use our online donations system here on our website using your debit/credit card. Just click the ‘donate now’ button and click on ‘one-off donation’ and follow the instructions, please mention Decembeard in the part the part where it says “what prompted you to donate?” 
  • Pop a cheque in the post and return it to;  Mercy University Hospital Foundation, 26 Henry St, Cork, Ireland 
  • You can return your funds at your local Ulster Bank using the bank giro you got with your sponsorship card when you registered. 


About Bowel Cancer

An average of 2,436 new cases of bowel cancer are diagnosed in Ireland every year and 1,040 deaths to cancer annually are due to Bowel Cancer. Yet, in over 90% of cases, Bowel Cancer can be successfully treated if diagnosed early enough. That is why it is so important to be aware of the symptoms and act on them. If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms for three weeks or more then please seek advice from your GP:

  • Bleeding from the bottom
  • A change in bowel habit
  • Abdominal pain especially if severe
  • A lump in your tummy
  • Weight loss and tiredness

The Mercy Hospital Foundation is proud to be part of The Men’s Cancer Alliance which raises funds to beat Men’s Cancer.


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