Surbjit Jassi

Surbjit decided to support Crohn's and Colitis UK after two close family members were diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Surbjit's first fundraising challenge was a sponsored hair donation event raising more than £2,500. 

Since then, Surbjit has challenged herself further by climbing Ben Nevis, abseiling the Spinnaker Tower and taking part in our London Walk It event, raising more than £10,500!  

Seeing my loved ones in so much pain and not been able to do anything, made me want to do something that would make a difference.

I promised them that if I could not take the pain away, if I could not make them well, then the least I could do was to raise funds and awareness for Crohn's and Colitis UK, so that one day hopefully a cure will be found in their lifetimes.

I am absolutely honoured to be chosen to be one of the Community Champions. I really did not think for a moment that, what I was doing was having such a positive impact on so many people.

As a Community Champion I will continue to spread the word about the good work that the charity does.

Working with the general public gives me ample opportunity to continue to raise funds and awareness. Simply by talking about the condition and handing out leaflets can make all the difference. 

I also strongly believe that I have learnt an awful lot from the social media sites, and I will continue to raise awareness via them. It also brings families and sufferers together and gives them comfort that they are not alone.

Together we can erase the stigma involved and beat this terrible disease.

Surbjit Jassi