On Thursday 18 January, Bristol will be hosting an evening event at City Hall to provide support and information for people living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
The event, which is free to attend, will also aim to educate those who wish to know more about this lifelong incurable disease.
Around 300,000 people in the UK currently suffer from IBD and this number has been increasing. In Bristol specifically, it has been estimated that there could be up to 3,000 sufferers living in the city
The evening, supported by Clinicians from both the BRI and Southmead Hospital, will provide practical advice on living with IBD covering topics including reducing stress, the impact of exercise on the condition and evaluating complementary therapies. The event is free to attend and has been organised by Crohn’s and Colitis UK (C&CUK) Bristol Network.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “I am glad that we have been given an opportunity to help raise awareness of the realities of IBD which often goes unseen by the majority of the population. By hosting this event I hope we will be able to improve understanding of this life-changing condition and methods for treating it for those who suffer from it.
“Through our emerging ‘community toilets scheme’ we are trying to improve the condition and availability of publically available loos around Bristol. Throughout this we have been working closely with C&CUK to make sure that any proposals take the needs of sufferers into account.
“If you have concerns about the condition, or are a sufferer, I urge you to come along on Thursday to find out more about the symptoms and what treatments are available.”
Whilst there is no charge for the event, space is limited. Anyone looking to attend should book in advance on the Crohn’s and Colitis UK’s Eventbrite page.
People can also find out more about the support available for IBD sufferers by visiting the Crohn’s and Colitis UK website.