Kelsall Steele director Clare Vaughan recently completed a 10km walk, as part of the ‘Walk It Plymouth‘ event to raise money in aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK. So far Clare has managed to raise over £550 for the charity, and anyone wishing to donate can still do so via the JustGiving page.
Crohn’s and Colitis UK are a UK charity fighting to achieve a better quality of life now for the 300,000 people in the UK suffering physically and emotionally due to Inflammatory Bowel Disease. With the ultimate goal of finding a cure.
Clare says on her JustGiving page:
“I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease in 2007 and have battled extreme pain, fatigue, weight loss and depression. It is not an illness of just the bowel but a debilitating disease which has led me to operations and heavy duty drugs which have minimised my immune system. I would love to believe there could be a cure and hold out hope for this.”
Recently, one of our staff members, Tamsin Tann completed the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon in aid of the Huntington’s Disease Association. Tammy’s initial fundraising target was £1,000, however with generous donations from family, friends and work colleagues she raised more than double that amount with the total currently standing at £2,040!
Tammy chose to raise money for the Huntingtons Disease Association as it’s a condition that has affected many members of her family, both directly and indirectly, including Tammy herself. Through her achievement in completing this half marathon Tammy hopes to raise not just money towards the charity, but also awareness of the disease.
Even though Tammy has now completed the half marathon, you can still donate via her personal JustGiving Page.
Huntingtons Disease is a degenerative disorder which affects the central nervous system and is caused by a faulty gene on chromosome 4. There is a 50:50 chance of inheriting the illness from a parent who has tested positive for HD and anyone that inherits the faulty gene will, at some stage, develop the disease.
There is currently no cure for Huntington’s Disease but there are special diets to prevent weight loss, as well as speech therapy and drugs to help with symptoms. Money raised towards the Huntington’s Disease Association will help towards research into finding a cure.