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Sheerness resident enlists pubs’ support for her cheeky campaign as part of April's Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

By Emma Grove

A campaigner has come up with a cheeky way to raise money for two charities.

Val Solly, of Alma Road, Sheerness, has organised several fundraisers as part of April’s national Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

It’s in support of beating bowel cancer and she has some unique outfits which people will be wearing for what she’s dubbed Sheppey Bum Short Month.

Natalie Wallace, at The Goat, Sheerness, which is supporting Val Solly's bowel cancer campaign

The red and white striped clothing comes complete with a plastic bottom attached and the idea is to raise awareness of the symptoms of the disease and the after-effects it can have on sufferers.

A number of Island pubs are already on board and will be hosting fundraisers as part of it.

They will also support the Colostomy Association, which the 69-year-old is a member of.

Last year, she launched a Sheppey-based group for ostomy patients – when people have had part of their bowel or intestine removed – as there was a lack of help for people with related problems as well as their friends and family.

The grandmother-of-one has a colostomy bag herself after she was rushed to hospital in 2012 with a twisted gut and through her support group and the charity, she has met numerous bowel cancer patients too.

Tonight, from 8pm the Heights of Alma pub in Sheerness will host a quiz.

Teams are of four people or less and it costs £2 per player.

Over the Easter weekend there will be a fun day at the Goat pub in Sheerness when staff will be wearing the shorts and at the Harps Inn in Minster there will be raffles and a disco.

Gigi’s Cafe in Sheerness and at the Bond Group in New Road, Sheerness, have collection boxes.

Mrs Solly said: “After emergency surgery I woke up with a colostomy bag and since then I have met many inspirational people who have been through so much and this is my way to help them and also remind me how lucky I was.

“I’d like to think we could raise £1,000.

“I know money is tight but please donate – every little helps.”

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