First Dates Merlin Griffiths gives health update amid cancer battle

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First Dates star Merlin Griffiths has given a health update two months after having a major operation amid his bowel cancer battle.

The 47-year-old revealed he's "doing well" after having the tumour removed back in April.

Merlin was diagnosed with bowel cancer in September last year after suffering from pain in his stomach for three months beforehand.

He initially thought the pain was caused by a car accident that happened when he was 20.

However, after further investigation, the doctors discovered a 4.5cm Stage three tumour.

In April Merlin had a major operation to get the tumour removed and has since said he's doing well, reports The Sun.

He also praised the NHS for saving his life and said his First Date co-stars, such as Fred Siriex and Cici Coleman, are "like family".

Focusing on his health going forward, the barman has teamed up with Harrogate Spring Water and has helped launch Royal Ascot's first ever reduced and no alcohol bar.

The bar is part of an initiative which will encourage mindful drinking with Love Island star and UK Youth Mental Health Ambassador Dr Alex George also involved.

The TV star will be creating his exclusive non-alcohol cocktail, called the "Jubilee Spritz", for people going to Royal Ascot to enjoy at the bar.

In the drink, he's mixed Harrogate Sparkling Water with touches of lavender combined with aromatic CleanCo G 0% botanical spirit.

The mocktail is then complemented with a touch of fresh lemon juice for a refreshing taste for racegoers to enjoy.

Speaking about working with Harrogate Spring Water and their first-ever reduced and no alcohol bar at Royal Ascot, he said mindful drinking makes "a lot of sense".

Merlin commented: "I'm glad to see someone like Harrogate Spring Water is really taking this on board, running with it and getting it out to a wider audience.

"Of course health is important to me and it will remain so for the foreseeable future now, absolutely."

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