A GROUP of generous staff from a Studley nursery are stepping out to show support and raise awareness for those living with Ulcerative Collitus.
Zoe Davies, who is a senior nursery nurse at Bright Kids in Studley, was recently diagnosed with the condition after suffering with stomach problems for most of her life – and while it can sometimes be a challenge for her at work, her friends and colleagues have gone out of their way to help her.
Her colleagues Dan Doughty, Katie Tolley, Lauren Pegg, Jemma Warring, Zoe Davis and Georgia Buxton are going to do an eight mile hike from Bromsgrove back to the nursery in Studley together – raising awareness of the illness and funds for charity too.
“I wanted us to do something together – something that everyone could have a go at,” said 26-year-old Zoe.
“The walk is a challenge – but is also achievable for all of us.
“The condition has a huge impact on my life – sometimes I feel quite anxious about going too far from home, or places I don’t know, in case I get a flare up. But everyone at work has been so amazing and understanding – it means such a lot to me.”
The team of five will all wear purple for the sponsored walk on February 3 to show their dedication to the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK.
The long-term condition causes digestive problems, pain, extreme tiredness, loss of appetite and weight loss.
The condition is especially tricky to manage as some people may go for weeks or months with very mild symptoms, or none at all, followed by severe flare-ups. During a flare-up, some people may develop painful and swollen joints, mouth ulcers, areas of painful, red and swollen skin irritated eyes.
“It’s hard, because it’s not a very visible illness,” added Zoe.
“I can be fine for weeks, and people might think that there’s nothing wrong with me, and then suddenly I’m in a huge amount of pain and discomfort.
“It’s an illness that is made easier to manage when people understand it better, so I hope we can help educate people a little bit, so that they can help others with the condition.”
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