A DAD-of-one will be taking part in a five mile to raise money for charity after being diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer last year.

Patrick Wymer, of Penarth, is joining the Walk Together Event in Cardiff this Saturday to raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK.

The charity has organised a five-mile sponsored walk along the Cardiff Bay circular route. The walk aims to bring people together to show support for those undergoing treatment, remember loved ones and raise funds to help stop people dying of bowel cancer.

Mr Wymer will be walking with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Alice, following his diagnosis of bowel cancer last year. He is now determined to make more people aware of the disease and raise much needed funds for the cause.

In May this year, the 53-year-old and a group of his friends organised a 60-mile walk in Pembrokeshire and raised more than £50,000 for Bowel Cancer UK and Velindre Cancer Centre.

Mr Wymer said: “I was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in June 2017. Since then I’ve been so grateful for the support I’ve received from Bowel Cancer UK and I’m really excited about Walk Together in Cardiff. It’s a fantastic chance to raise vital funds, increase awareness and to meet others affected by the disease. It’s also great to be taking part in the first ever Walk Together event in Wales.”

Wales Fundraising Manager for Bowel Cancer UK, Michael Locke, said: "We are very proud to have Patrick and his family taking part in Walk Together and raising funds for the charity. For us, at Bowel Cancer UK, this means we can continue with our vital work of saving lives, enabling research and improving the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer.

“Walk Together is for all ages and abilities and you can walk with friends, family and colleagues, or invite your local community to join you.”

The survival rate for someone diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer is just 11 per cent after five years.

As part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer conducted a study revealing 26 per cent of people in Wales could only name one symptom of the disease.

The most common symptoms are a pain or lump in the stomach, a change of bowel habit, extreme weight loss, unexplained tiredness and blood in stools.

More information is available at: bowelcanceruk.org.uk

For more information or to sign up to the walk visit bowelcanceruk.org.uk/walktogether