A Great Missenden woman whose daughter died of bowel cancer is at the heart of a powerful portrait campaign.

To mark Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, Bowel Cancer UK have worked with people across the country who have been affected by the disease, highlighting the variety of people impacted by bowel cancer.

Margaret Chung lost her daughter Annabel to bowel cancer in 201 at just 36 years of age, six months after she was diagnosed. Margaret hopes that highlighting her daughters’ story will raise awareness of the disease.

More than 16,000 people each year die of bowel cancer in the UK, making it the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. Bowel cancer is, if diagnosed early, treatable and curable.

Margaret Chung said: ‘‘There isn’t a word in the dictionary that can express just how awful it was to lose Annabel. Especially knowing that if her symptoms had been taken seriously earlier, she might still be with us. When she was here Annabel touched so many people’s lives so knowing that through this, she has contributed and is still helping people, is a life saver for me. I just wish she was here.”

Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said: “These incredible images are a beautiful homage to those affected by bowel cancer. Young, old, female or male – it can affect us all.

“Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. But it doesn’t just impact the person with the disease. It touches their families, friends and colleagues, doctors and nurses, scientists and researchers.

“That’s millions of people right across the UK. We need more people affected by bowel cancer to come together and take action to create a future where nobody dies of this disease.”