Fundraiser, Edinburgh Group Volunteer and Coordinated Groups' Treasurer - Angus is extremely supportive of Crohn's and Colitis UK's work and has significantly helped to raise the profile of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis in Scotland.
Angus is also a keen runner and has completed 19 marathons in the past 12 years!
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2006, I have first-hand experience of what it is like being newly diagnosed with IBD and the impact that the symptoms can have on day to day life. It can be a frightening and lonely experience. I found that very few people had an understanding of these conditions and was keen to meet others in my local area affected by IBD in order to share experiences and receive and provide support. I jumped at the chance to join the relaunched Edinburgh Group in 2008 and have been volunteering ever since.
There has been a marked increase in the number of people living with IBD in recent years, particularly in Scotland, but I feel there is still a lack of awareness and understanding among the general population. I would like to use my new role as Community Champion to encourage more people to speak out about their experiences, offer support, understanding and friendship to others. The Crohn’s and Colitis UK community offers a very welcoming environment where support, sharing and understanding are key features. I would like to see more people become a part of this network by becoming a member of Crohn’s and Colitis UK.