Supporting youngsters with IBD

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A new website providing support to sufferers of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), has raised funds for Rockinghorse at a launch event held last month.

IBDrelief.com was launched at the American Express Community Stadium on Saturday 20 February by founders Seb Tucknott and Emily Bridges from Shoreham-by-Sea, following a crowdfunding campaign in 2015.

The website provides vital support and information to sufferers, their families, and also to the medical industry. It connects those affected by the disease and helps provide employment opportunities for people living with the condition. IBDrelief is also supporting research into the disease and raising funds for IBD charities and those working to help sufferers.

The launch event raised £470 thanks to tickets purchased in a charity raffle on the night. The money raised will be donated towards projects in the Gastrointestinal unit at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton.

As the official fundraising arm of the Alex, we raise money for items necessary to every child’s treatment; from furnishings and toys for the wards through to cutting-edge diagnostic machines and life-saving medical equipment.

Seb Tucknott, founder of IBDrelief, said: “IBDrelief is a website to support, guide and educate people affected by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) all around the world. IBD is an incredibly difficult condition to live with – even more so if you are a child. That is why we decided to raise money for Rockinghorse to support children who are treated with IBD at the Alex.

“We are delighted to have raised nearly £500 through a raffle at the launch party for IBDrelief.  Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and bought tickets to support it.”

Analiese Doctrove, Head of Fundraising at Rockinghorse, added: “We are really grateful to have been chosen as the beneficiary charity for IBDrelief’s launch event. We are already planning to work more closely with Seb and Emily and look at how we can better support young patients at the Alex who suffer from IBD.”

If you or someone you know is affected by IBD, find out how you can be supported by visiting www.ibdrelief.com.

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