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Ferg and nose tubeFergus is our 9 years old son, full of life… but he has Crohn’s disease.

Crohn’s is a chronic condition where ulcers form along the digestive tract and for Fergus it affects his whole tract. There are no external signs that anything is wrong, but internally there is constant and sometimes excruciating pain. It is unpredictable and very tiring. When it flares up we have to feed him a special a special diet through a nasal gastric tube, 6 times a day for 6 to 8 weeks. It is very uncomfortable, it makes his life difficult at school and, of course, it affects the whole family.  Fergus deals with his condition incredibly well. Although he gets frustrated, he takes the pain on… but never complains. He is a fighter.

Ferg-and-feedCrewing for Crohn’s  - my challenge

Crohn’s affects 90,000 people in the UK alone and with Colitis (colon specific) 250,000 . This a massive disease, it is sadly far too prevalent, is rarely talked about. My wife Fiona and I are determined to raise funding to help find a cure and to raise awareness of this devastating and debilitating disease.

To do that, I have found a challenge which I hope helps to draw attention to the day to day challenges that all Crohn’s and Colitis sufferers face …..I will join an eight man team to row across the Atlantic and attempt to break the world record of 32 days.  I am a novice rower so this will test me to the extreme!

Ferg lie downCan you help?

If you would like to help this huge cause either by donating or get involved with fund raising,  please do get in touch because we need your help! Anything you can give will make a big difference and will help to spur me on in my rowing challenge.  If you would like to donate please visit my virgin money giving page:   www.virginmoneygiving.com/jamesprior6

An enormous thank you from all our family.

James, Fiona, Archie, Fergus, Max and Henry.

email: crewingforcrohns@gmail.com