Son's photography book inspired by mum's cancer diagnosis

Son's photography book inspired by mum's cancer diagnosis

Lucy Golding

Son's photography book inspired by mum's cancer diagnosis
Jennifer Darvell and her son Tim Darvell

A man compelled by his mother's diagnosis of bowel cancer has produced a book of photography to raise money for the cause.

Tim Darvell, 46, discovered his mother Jennifer Darvell, who lives in Altwood Road, Maidenhead, had been diagnosed with the disease in April last year.

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer, with more than 41,000 people diagnosed with the disease every year.

"I was devastated when my mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer and in the blink of an eye our world was turned upside down," said Tim.

With a keen interest in photography, Tim compiled a book of self-taken photographs of people and landscapes that have meant something to him over the years to raise money for the charity Beating Bowel Cancer.

Alongside the photographs he has written his recollections and thoughts associated with the images.

"One of the first photographs is of my mum but the book as a whole doesn't have anything to do with the cancer itself," he said.

Jennifer, who is 76, has undergone radiotherapy and chemotherapy to shrink a tumour followed by an operation to remove it.

"The operation was successful," said Tim.

"She still faces an operation to remove a cancerous nodule on her lung but she is making an excellent recovery."

Tim, who runs the family packaging business in Medmenham, added: "I wanted to do something to help raise funds for charity and increase awareness of the condition.

"The money raised will help us to support more bowel cancer patients and their families."

The book, entitled Beating Bowel Cancer, is available in print and electronically at Amazon. Tim is hoping it will raise £1,000 for the charity.

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Scroll through a selection of photos featured in the book below.

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