March woman raises more than £1,200 by braving the shave for Crohn’s and Colitis UK charity
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A March woman has raised more than £1,200 with donations still coming in for a charity close to her heart by having her hair shaved off.
Emma Emmery decided to brave the shave in aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK because two of her friends suffer from the disease.
Ninety-five people helped her to pass an original target of £750, so far having raised £1,212.
She said: “Before Christmas I sat thinking about things I would like to do in 2018 and one of those things was to do more for charity.
“While I sat wondering, I didn’t know but a friend of mine was in hospital having treatment for a particularly bad ‘spout’ of her life-changing disease, crohns. “So when she was home just in time for Christmas I decided that I was going to do more to raise awareness of this life controlling and limiting disease.
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“It’s not really talked about. No one likes to talk much about sitting on a loo umpteen times a day, or passing out with pain, or feeling drained to the point of exhaustion, having your entire life evolving around a toilet and medication.
“But that is just a few symptoms...
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“I have two people in my life who suffer with crohns and more needs to be done to help people be diagnosed, treated and hopefully one day a cure. We can hope.
Emma had her hair cut by Emily Butcher at Seven in March on Saturday.
“I would like to thank her for giving up her time and also thank my wonderful husband who is supporting his wife being a baldy,” added Emma.
“I wanted to raise awareness of this limiting disease as it doesn’t seem to be talked about or receive media coverage like larger charities and it’s just awful.
“It was quite an emotional day but I’m so pleased to have done my bit and got people talking about it.”
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emmalouise-emery
Crohn’s and Colitis UK is a national charity leading the battle against crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Every 30 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with one of the diseases – the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).