READER LETTER: Bowel cancer - Join veg pledge

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I’d like to let your readers know about a new charity initiative called the Veg Pledge that people across the country will be getting involved with this summer. All you need to do is give up meat and fish for a week and donate what you would have spent to support the charity Beating Bowel Cancer.

To make it even easier the charity has developed a Veg Pledge Calculator which helps you to work out how much you would save based on your average weekly consumption and where you shop.

It’s a great way to encourage people to look at their diet and spending habits and raise funds to help those affected by bowel cancer at the same time. It’s only for a week but participants could learn a lot about what they eat and spend their money on, as well as support a great cause. It’s a real win-win situation for those who take part.

Learning to live without meat occasionally could also be good for your health, as there is strong evidence to suggest eating too much red and processed meat is one factor that can increase the risk of developing the disease.

For more information and/or to sign up for the Veg Pledge visit

Charlotte Dawson

Beating Bowel Cancer