Yesterday saw 37,227 people take part in the London Marathon, giving runners not only the chance to run the race of their dreams, overcome massive obstacles in life for many, but also to take part in one of the largest annual fundraising events in the world.
Crohn’s and Colitis UK is the new name for The National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (NACC). We are a major charity offering support through our website, helplines, newsletters, information booklets and local community groups. The charity campaigns for better healthcare and funds vital research in Crohn’s and Colitis.
Crohn’s and Colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases which last a lifetime and for which there is no known cure. They can strike at any age but young people are most at risk. Around 240,000 people across the UK have these conditions.
Without your support, our charity will be powerless to help those most affected by these conditions. Crohn’s and Colitis UK needs you to help us make a difference.
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One such person is local teacher at Goldenhill Primary School (Goldenhill and Sandyford,Stoke-on-Trent), Year 1 Teacher, Sara Cookson. Sara took part in the London Marathon yesterday morning, completing the 26 mile run, finishing the race with a amazing finishing time of 04:36:0.
Sara said the race was simply "amazing" after completing race, but not quite as amazing as the effort, and lifelong struggle it took to get there.
Two years ago, Sara underwent major surgery to improve her quality of life, after suffering from Crohns Disease.
The last few years have been a tough time for us health wise.
Both my sister and I suffer from Crohn's disease and have done for many years. It can be a very debilitating disease which has knocked us both off our feet numerous times over the last dozen years. Fortunately, at the time of writing, we are both really well, thanks largely to major operations in the last 2 years.
However, there are no guarantees we will stay this way. The disease is one which remains a bit of a mystery to the medics.
They don't know what causes it or what makes it return after remission and the only way to beat it, at present, is quite major, brutal surgery and not very nice drugs afterwards.
After many months of training running 5 days a week through wind rain and snow, Sara's hard work has finally paid off, not just with a amazing run, beating the odds, but also raising a staggering £750.25 (616.20 + gift aid) for the Crohn's and Colitis UK charity.
Update as well as the figure from the online fundraising pot, Sara has also be raising offline to, and the grand total has now gone over the £1000 mark.
That's not the final figure though, as Sara said not very much is know about the debilitating disease, so money is desperately needed for research and treatments.
Please take a look Sara's Virgin Money Giving web page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SaraCookson