Community champion Anne Swanston hosts a Local Ladies lunch that raises thousands

24 February 2020

Another successful Ladies Lunch was held in the beautiful location of St Michael's Manor, St Albans this February. Hosted by Community Champion Anne Swanston, the event managed to raise an incredible £2260 for Crohn’s & Colitis UK which will go to helping those affected from theses incurable diseases.

As a Community Champion for Crohn's & Colitis UK, Anne Swanston is continuing her amazing fundraising efforts in memory of her late husband Ian Swanston who had Ulcerative Colitis - with another prestigious and intimate Ladies Lunch. Over 100 local ladies attended the event which included a two-course lunch and guest speakers Billie Anderson and Local MP Daisy Cooper who both shared their experiences of living with the conditions.

Today is the first time I have shared my experience of living with Crohns disease publicly. After life-saving surgery, I have had to make constant adjustments to my life in order to manage the disease, but I hope that by speaking up about it, others will have the confidence to pursue their ambitions. Sharing my personal experiences was emotional but also a real privilege: it is vital that we raise awareness of these debilitating conditions and I am thrilled to be supporting this local fundraising event for a charity that I hold very close to my heart.

Daisy Cooper MP
Diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease 8 years ago

Billie Anderson was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 3 years ago and has gone on to become a social media influencer, sharing her everyday life of living with the condition.


This event and Anne’s ball are both amazing and I’m glad to be able to share my experiences with everyone. When I was first diagnosed, I was desperate to find others who were going through the same thing as me. Whilst in hospital after having surgery, discovered Crohn’s & Colitis UK and hundreds of people who were going through the same thing as me. By documenting and sharing my experiences I wanted to show others that even though I live with a stoma, that I am still normal and how you can have a great life. I’m really grateful to be able to help others and give people an insight into what it is like to live with Ulcerative Colitis.

Billie Anderson
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 3 years ago

Anne, from St. Albans has fundraised in support of Crohn’s & Colitis UK for the past 17 years raising over £230,000 - an almighty achievement in itself - she's also very active in raising awareness in the local community of St Albans.

I am thrilled that the latest ladies’ lunch has been such a success. It was great to have so many people in one room raising awareness and money for these debilitating conditions. It is so important to support this charity that does some amazing work supporting those with the conditions as well as funding research to try and find a cure! I’m already looking forward to my next fundraising event, my charity ball in May.

Anne Swanston
Community Champion, Crohn's & Colitis UK

It Takes Guts to live with these conditions, and that’s why Anne is already working on organising her next fundraising event the twelfth Ian Swanston charity Ball on Saturday 2 May 2020.

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