Crohn’s & Colitis UK expand their patient information programme with donation from Simplyhealth

Andover, Hampshire:  Simplyhealth, the UK’s leading health and dental plan provider, is today supporting World IBD day and has announced its donation to the leading charity for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s & Colitis UK. The donation will expand the charity’s patient information programme, reaching communities where health literacy is low and information provision is limited, ultimately, supporting the urgent needs of patients living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to have better health outcomes and make informed decisions about their care and treatment.

Over half a million people in the UK live with IBD, the two main forms of which are Crohn's Disease and Colitis. These are lifelong diseases of the gut, and are painful, debilitating and widely misunderstood. IBD can affect almost every part of the body and every aspect of life: from digestion and joints to energy levels and mental health.   

Ross Thorne, 24, diagnosed with Colitis in March 2020

Throughout the pandemic, my condition went from mild to severe and I spent several weeks in hospital over the course of the year.  I lost 30kg in weight, was going to the toilet 30 times a day and I was suffering with fatigue, sickness, urgency, and a huge lack of confidence.  I had always been fit and healthy, but I felt weak and vulnerable.

My IBD Team introduced me to the Crohn’s & Colitis UK website when I was first admitted to hospital.  The information pages were all printed out and I admit it took a few attempts just for the information to sink in, with it all being new and somewhat scary. But the simplicity of the language used by the information pages made it easy for me to build a greater understanding of what Colitis is and to manage my condition. 

I was able to share these pages with my family, to allow them to learn and understand too. I can honestly say the Crohn’s & Colitis UK team and the website support network gave me hope that I didn’t have when I was newly diagnosed.

Ross Thorne, 24, diagnosed with Colitis in March 2020

Funding from our Corporate Partners is incredibly valuable and enables us to develop our services across the charity. Simplyhealth recently supported our work with an amazing donation of £30,000 towards our patient information programme. We are delighted to have their support for this essential part of our work. Together we can achieve common goals to improve lives for so many people affected by Crohn’s and Colitis and help them lead their best life.

Isobel Dwyer, Corporate Partnerships Officer – Crohn’s & Colitis UK
Chrissy Fice, Marketing Director at Simplyhealth

We are proud to support Crohn’s & Colitis UK’s vision that people living with Crohn’s and Colitis, throughout their lives deserve the best possible care and support to live fuller, freer lives. This aligns with Simplyhealth’s purpose to improve access to healthcare for people in the UK and help more people make the most of life through better everyday health. Equipped with the right information and support, hundreds more patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease will be able to manage their condition and symptoms better and live well.

Chrissy Fice, Marketing Director at Simplyhealth

For further information about Crohn’s & Colitis or how you can show your support for #WorldIBDDay visit Crohn's & Colitis UK (crohnsandcolitis.org.uk)


About Simplyhealth

Since 1872, Simplyhealth has been helping people make the most of life through better everyday health. Our plans make sure individuals, families and employees can benefit from in-person and virtual wellbeing services, and afford to stay healthy by claiming costs back on dental treatments, visits to the optician, complementary therapies and much more.

We’re the UK’s leading health and dental plan provider, with almost 1000 colleagues serving 2.3 million customers. We don’t have shareholders, so we’re led by our purpose of improving access to healthcare, for the many, for the long term. We’re passionate about using our voice in public health affairs and partnering with charities to reduce health inequality – each year we commit to giving 10% of pre-tax profits to a range of community causes. We ensure our business takes care of the planet too, achieving Carbon Neutral + status in 2021.

To find out more, visit www.simplyhealth.co.uk

For more information about our community impact programmes, visit www.simplyhealth.co.uk/aboutus/community-impact

For more information contact Simplyhealth’s PR team on telephone 0344 579 2489 or email pr@simplyhealth.co.uk

About Crohn’s & Colitis UK

We are the UK’s leading charity for Crohn’s and Colitis. Right now, over 500,000 people in the UK are living with a lifelong disease that many people have never heard of. And the real number could be almost double that. Because of the stigma and misunderstanding surrounding these diseases, thousands of people are suffering in silence. But they're not alone. We're here for them. We’re Crohn’s & Colitis UK and we’re here for everyone affected by Crohn’s & Colitis. When your gut doesn't work properly, the effects can be devastating. They can affect every part of your body and last your whole life. That's why we're here.

Our campaigns break the silence – changing perspectives, policies and lives. Our work with healthcare professionals helps improves diagnosis, treatment and management of the diseases. Our brilliant team of staff and volunteers give people essential information when they need it – and bring them together to find strength and support in one another. And our vital research grants drive pioneering research to discover better ways of managing the diseases and, one day, a cure.

We’re here to give people affected by Crohn's and Colitis hope, comfort and confidence. To make sure their voices are heard and help them live freer, fuller lives. For whatever they need, whenever they need it, we’re here. And we’re not going anywhere until we’ve beaten Crohn’s and Colitis for good.

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