This menagerie of petrifying Peter Pan-witch-jester-‘Tomato Man’-Powerpuff Girls-fried egg costumes (disappointingly no pizza rat, despite Time Out predicting it to be a Londoner’s favourite guise for Halloween 2015) is of course all in aid of a good cause.

Two good causes in fact – Beating Bowel Cancer and LUPUS UK.

Beating Bowel Cancer 

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with incidence rates increasing by 6% over the last decade. Scary stats, especially when you consider that 2011 saw more than 110 people a day diagnosed with the disease in the UK alone.

Which is why charities such as Beating Bowel Cancer, the support and campaigning charity for everyone affected by the disease, are so important. They’re on a mission to ‘Beat Bowel Cancer Together’, providing vital practical and emotional help – on the phone, digitally and face to face – through the UK’s only nurse-led specialist helpline for bowel cancer, described by some patients as a lifeline.

Their vision of ‘a world where bowel cancer is beaten’ is only achievable with funding for support and campaigning. To find out how you can help, visit https://www.beatingbowelcancer.org/.


Lupus is an incurable immune system illness, able to affect any part of the body. Major organs can be irreversibly damaged and even mild flare ups can be distressing, having a considerable impact on a person’s quality of life.

LUPUS UK is the only national registered charity supporting people with systemic lupus and discoid lupus, also assisting those approaching diagnosis.

As lupus is a condition that many people are unaware of, LUPUS UK work hard to raise awareness so that others understand everyday life can be a challenge for sufferers. To find out how you too can help them build a world where people with lupus can live full and active lives, visit http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/.

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