Can you help campaign against Crohn’s?

A charity wants East Dunbartonshire people to help it find a cure for debilitating digestive disorder Crohn’s disease.

CureCrohnsColitis (C3) donates 100 per cent of its funds solely to medical research, working closely with doctors at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

The condition mainly affects young adults and children - and Scotland has one of the highest rates in the world.

Committee member and volunteer Liz McDerment, who lives in Bearsden, said: “All involved in the charity are unpaid volunteers and there are no admin fees.”

One of the directors of the charity is Dr Daniel Gaya, a specialist in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

He said recently that IBD had “almost reached epidemic proportions in Scotland.”

Dr Richard Russell, at Yorkhill Hospital, added it was now the commonest disease gastroenterologists deal with at the hospital.

The cause of Crohn’s is unknown - but it is believed to be an abnormal reaction by the immune system to bacteria in the gut.

It is believed that genetics are also involved.

Liz said: “It can be a bit like food poisoning which doesn’t go away.

“The younger you are, the more aggressive it can be. Some children who suffer from it have not left a hospital bed.”