Bangor man's £20,000 charity challenge


Geraint Jones

A BANGOR man has dreamt up a hair-raising challenge to help the hospital ward helping him fight bowel cancer.

Irfon Williams, aged 43, who lives in the Maes Berea estate, hopes to raise £20,000 for Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Alaw Unit, and said he was inspired by the late Stephen Sutton’s hugely successful charity campaign.

Irfon said: “Stephen’s story showed that good can come out of even the most desperately sad situations.”

The father of five kicked off his #teamirfon campaign by shaving his head at the Urdd Eisteddfod this week, assisted by Awyr Las patron Rhun ap Iorwerth AM and opera star Rhys Meirion.

Irfon said: “I’ve been moved by the courage shown by the ladies I’ve met who have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy.”

He will now wear a different wacky wig every day for the next fortnight, and will hold a fundraising auction and dinner later in the year.

Irfon, a manager for Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, recently completed his first round of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2014.

He added: “Being told I had cancer was a real shock. It’s not something you expect to happen to you, but I’ve accepted it and I’m more than ready for the battle.

“A recent scan showed that my tumours have reduced in size, which was very encouraging.”

Irfon will soon begin radiotherapy treatment before having liver and then bowel surgery.

He added: “Through the #teamirfon campaign I want to raise awareness of good mental health in cancer care, and support the incredible care, treatment and research that is carried out on Alaw”

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