Established in 1979 as a partnership between patients, their families, friends and health professionals caring for them, services include helplines, a wide range of printed and downloadable information, a website with web forum for young people and local community groups that bring people together for mutual support. They also raise awareness, campaign for better health care and fund vital research.
Crohn’s and Colitis are Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD - not to be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS) which last a lifetime and for which there is no known cure. They can strike at any age but most commonly begin in young people. Around 250,000 people in the UK have these conditions and more are diagnosed each year.
Symptoms can include relentless diarrhoea; bleeding; severe pain; exhaustion; associated inflammation of the eyes, skin and – in children – impaired growth. The impact on education, work, social and family life can be devastating.