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[p]Those of you that have known me for some time may remember the unfortunate period some years ago that I will only refer to as the 'moustache times'. Anyone who does remember will know that I am, at best, inept at facial hair.[/p][p]I only recall this troubling period in the long history of my upper lip to let you all know how serious it is for me to attempt this once again.[/p][p]In a break from the 'Movember' norm I would like to raise some money not for male prostate cancer awareness, but for another, rarer form of cancer - not because I feel prostate cancer is undeserving, but because the fund that i would like to raise money for is particularly close to my heart.[/p][p]Joseph McHarrie Quilliam (Joey) is the second child of my dearest friends Patrick and Lianne Quilliam, little brother to Bea Quilliam and was by far the strongest person I have ever known. I've heard of cancer patients described as strong, but I don't think I ever really understood this until I met Joey. He endured countless procedures, treatments, surgery and chemotherapy all before 8 months old, more I'm sure that most people would in a lifetime and all with an enduring smile, sometimes (understandably) weary but always present in his eyes if not on his incredibly adorable face.[/p][p]Joey and his amazing family live a long way from me and I wasn't able to be there with them as much as i would have liked - and so i wasn't witness to these incredible feats of (tiny) human endurance. What really hit it home for me was Joey's beads of courage, a string of small beads literally meters long that represented every procedure or milestone that Joey experienced on his journey. You can find out mre about Beads of Courage [url=https://www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk/childhood-cancer-info/beads-of-courage/]here[/url] I'm not raising money for them today, though I will be in the future![/p][p]Sadly Joey's rhabdoid tumour was a particularly rare and aggressive form of cancer and he passed away in September 2018. In testament to the strength of his parents, and in homage to the strength of Joey they have set up Joey's Fund with the help of Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust.[/p][p]You can find out more about Joey's Trust and his story in his parent's own words [url=https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=joeysfund&fbclid=IwAR1q7TqPHDVcAOk9y25ByMHUgec2ocxnimJ5YaQeiI0n8KI-L8UbxSdgHUY]here[/url] and donate directly if you wish.[/p][p]So I figure the very least I can do is look a bit daft for a month and hope that some of you will donate something, however small to the best of causes.[/p][p]I'll upload some photos along the way to keep you all abreast of my top-lip follicles, worth few quid on their own I'm sure![/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]