Emmerdale favourite, Jeff Hordley, became an Ambassador in 2009 and has raised fantastic awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Jeff is passionate about supporting our work. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when he was 26, and lost his mother (who also had Crohn’s) due to complications following surgery.
You are not alone if you are suffering from Crohn's or Colitis... although sometimes you might feel as if you are. There are at least 300,000 people with IBD in the UK - I'm one of them.
I was scared it would stop my acting career from taking off. Luckily it didn't. Following surgery, medication and diet control, I’ve been playing the role of Cain Dingle since 2000.
I know it's embarrassing to talk about it, but even simple solutions like being near a bathroom at work can make such an improvement - so don't be afraid to step up and be counted. Take a look around the Crohn's and Colitis UK website and join up!