STRIVE FOR FIVE developed naturally from originally just plans to hold a party into a calendar of awareness and fundraising activities with lots of Steve’s friends and community involvement.
The objectives of STRIVE FOR FIVE are:

  • To support Steve as he strives to pass the 5-year survival mark
  • To raise awareness of bowel cancer
  • To give hope to people with advanced bowel cancer
  • To raise funds for the charity Beating Bowel Cancer

Steve wants STRIVE FOR FIVE to show the world that bowel cancer can be successfully treated and that people with bowel cancer can lead fulfilling and fun-filled lives.

In the past 11 months Strive for Five has raised over £11,000 for the bowel cancer charities. Thank you to everyone who’s helped and supported so far – there’s more to come!

Steve’s Story

Steve was diagnosed with Stage 4 (advanced) Bowel Cancer in June 2013. Since his diagnosis he’s not only taken the disease on, but has also been active in helping others with bowel cancer. Steve volunteers for the charity Beating Bowel Cancer as a Patient Voice, a Forum Moderator, a Campaigner and a Fundraiser. He hopes that sharing his story can help others tackle this disease positively.

We’ve just added some videos of Steve telling his story to Alexandra Legouix, we hope you’ll find these uplifting.

beating bowel cancer logo

The Charity – Beating Bowel Cancer and Bowel Cancer UK

All funds raised will go to the charity Beating Bowel Cancer which has recently merged with Bowel Cancer UK.

This is a small but amazing organisation that does so much good work to help people like Steve on their bowel cancer journey.

Beating Bowel Cancer is the support and campaigning charity for everyone affected by bowel cancer.

  • Providing practical and emotional support for the growing number of people affected by bowel cancer
  • Promoting early diagnosis of bowel cancer
  • Campaigning for the highest quality treatment and care for bowel cancer patients

Beating Bowel Cancer provides support directly to patients, their carers, friends and family in a variety of ways including booklets and factsheets, the only dedicated bowel cancer nurse helpline and the online patient forum.


Lounge Aid at Alto Lounge, Caversham

Alto Lounge are holding a whole heap of fun fundraising activities in April and May as part of Strive for Five.

Pop in for great coffee and food and to get involved.

All the dates are on the picture to the left and you can find out more on their facebook page by clicking the button to the right.

Strive for Five Garden Party

23rd JUNE is the date for the Strive for Five Garden Party!

The venue is in Bourne End near Marlow, full details when you book your tickets. Find out more on Facebook or send a message on the ‘contact’ page.

Bear Beard 365

Steve and his friend and fellow patient Martyn Syzer are growing their beards for a full year which is going to be itchy and fun!


You can keep up to date with all the fun and successes of STRIVE FOR FIVE on Twitter and Facebook.

Get Involved

Find out how you can donate, participate and support STRIVE FOR FIVE.



simply couldn’t happen without the help and support of so many wonderful people and organisations who have freely given time and resources to make this all happen. Steve would like to say a warm and deep felt thank you to everyone who has been involved at all stages:

Lovely Companies:

M&F Health – Communications

Grace Comms – Concept Design

OPEN Health – Website design

The Marlow Club

Lovely People:

Alexandra Legouix, Annabel …, Arooj Urwin, Beko Kaygee, Beko Kaygee, Brian Bower, Caroleee Leybourne, Anne Jansen,  Davinder Ojalla, Jane Clark, Kerena Lines, Michelle Livings, Nikki Kenward, Philippa Cahill, Rachel Brown, Sandy Royden, Sophie Juge, Steve Munn, Steve Smith, Tracey Henry, Vivien Campbell and Nicola Marie Rivers.