Munster rugby player launches Mercy Hospital Foundation's Decembeard campaign with a trim

Munster rugby player Billy Holland and barber Tom Winters officially launched The Mercy Hospital Foundation’s Decembeard campaign today.

The Munster star launched the campaign with a trim at the newly opened Tom Winters Barbers on North Main Street, Co Cork.

Videograher Darragh Kane went along to capture the launch.

The campaign is raising funds for our the hospital's supporting people with Bowel Cancer and raising awareness of the disease, its symptoms and the need for early diagnosis.

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.

In over 90% of cases, bowel cancer can be successfully treated if diagnosed early enough.

Whether you want to grow a beard or whether you already have a beard and you just want to lend the weight of your bristles to Decembeard, you can register here.

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

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