Crohn’s & Colitis UK welcomes Baroness Young to special event

10 May 2019

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Crohn’s & Colitis UK were delighted to welcome Baroness Young to share her personal story and her thoughts around the importance of pushing Crohn's and Colitis care up the NHS agenda, at a special reception, held at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, on the evening of Thursday 9 May. 

In the Charity’s 40th year, the evening was an opportunity to thank corporate partners and valued service delivery partners that have supported Crohn’s & Colitis UK and to build relationships with new partners for the future.

The evening was hosted by Sue Cherrie (pictured above, centre), Chair of Crohn’s & Colitis UK, and guests heard from new Chief Executive (pictured above right), Sarah Sleet, who shared her thoughts on how the Charity is providing the greatest impact for people with Crohn’s and Colitis through delivery of the strategic plan; with exciting developments in research, campaigns and health service development.

Baroness Young (pictured above, left) spoke about the importance of the patient voice in pushing for change in the NHS, the role of the IBD nurse specialist and how vital the information and resources provided by Crohn’s & Colitis UK are for people living with the conditions. The audience also heard from Rhiannon Jenkins, who was diagnosed with Colitis, aged 17. Rhiannon spoke about the impact living with the condition has had on her experiences at college and university, and the role the Charity has played in supporting her: 

I am endlessly grateful for the work that Crohn’s & Colitis UK does to raise awareness and am honoured to have been given the opportunity to speak about my experiences tonight.

Rhiannon Jenkins
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis aged 17