Braywood Gardens care home in Carlton, Nottingham, held a fundraising event for Crohn’s and Colitis on Tuesday the 23rd of May.
Taking place between 10am and 4pm, the care home opened its doors for those wishing to seek support or learn about the conditions.
The Carlton community, healthcare professionals, and family attended the day with demonstrations and discussions with the Home Manager (Leanne Armstrong) around Stoma/Ileostomy Care and Typical Stoma/Ileostomy Kits and what is required day to day around with this care.
The care home Manager shared her own personal experiences in an open discussion forum about Crohn’s and Colitis treatments and shared her experience of the various methods that work, and those that do not.
An array of Crohn’s friendly food and refreshments were available to all attendees as well as a general knowledge and food themed quiz.
Presently, there are over 300,000 people in the UK that have been diagnosed with Crohn’s or Colitis and on average, there is a person diagnosed every 30 minutes throughout the UK.
Leanne Armstrong, Home Manager at Braywood Gardens has a personal connection to fundraising for Crohn’s and Colitis UK, helping to fund essential research as presently there is “no cure”. She said: “I am truly proud to be a part of Runwood Homes. It is heart-warming that they have supported and worked alongside me to create this event and to continue their support around my health and needs. It is rare to find a company that embraces those with differences and do not look down on people, but support to promote and raise awareness to varying health conditions.
Today’s event has meant so much to me and to see the staff at Braywood join in and ask questions makes me proud of the team I have around me. Braywood staff understand my condition and embrace this as something to learn and understand. It’s been a wonderful day with the team, relatives, and visitors including healthcare professionals and social workers attending to expand on their knowledge of Crohn’s and Colitis. Having had Crohn’s for over 23 years, I felt proud of my accomplishments and for surviving this disease and that for one day, I helped others to understand that there is light at the end of a very dark tunnel and there is also laughter and humour to be found.”
Deputy Manager, Leona Richardson, said: “Today was a lovely event in raising awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis at the home.
Thank you to all those that attended, donated, and shared their personal journeys. A special thank you to Leanne (Home Manager) in raising my own awareness into Crohn’s and for her bravery in opening up and sharing not only with me, but others in attendance today.”