Tyler to ‘go pur­ple’ for char­ity fundraiser

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A KIND-HEARTED boy is tak­ing on a hair-raising chal­lenge in­spired by his mum’s health bat­tle.

Tyler Lo­vatt, 12, is to dye his hair bright pur­ple to raise aware­ness of Crohn’s dis­ease.

His mum Kerry suf­fers from the chronic in­flam­ma­tory dis­ease, which af­fects the in­testines, and she has to en­dure in­tra­venous in­fu­sions ev­ery eight weeks at Macclesfield Hospi­tal.

Tyler, who lives on the We­ston es­tate, wants to raise cash for the char­ity Crohn’s and Coli­tis UK, which has helped his mum cope with her con­di­tion and is work­ing to find a cure.

He has been given per­mis­sion by All Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege to sport his new bar­net on March 23, the last day of term.

But Tyler plans to keep his new look for the school hol­i­days as well.

Tyler said: “My mum was di­ag­nosed with Crohn’s five years ago so I know how hard it is to live with this dis­ease.

“I want to sup­port this char­ity, as they pro­vide in­valu­able sup­port for peo­ple and fam­i­lies with Crohn’s, and they are try­ing to find a cure for this un­com­fort­able and de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­ease.”

It was Tyler who first knew some­thing was wrong with his mum back in 2010 when he com­mented on how thin his mum had be­come.

Kerry said: “Tyler was the one who got me think­ing some­thing was wrong when he hugged me and said he could feel my spine.

“I have al­ways been quite pe­tite, av­er­ag­ing at about seven stone.

“But af­ter my mar­riage broke down I was very stressed and tired, and had some stom­ach prob­lems.

“I at­trib­uted the weight loss to that.

“I wasn’t get­ting the typ­i­cal symp­toms and didn’t think for a sec­ond it would be se­ri­ous.”

Kerry fi­nally went to the doc­tor and tests even­tu­ally di­ag­nosed her with Crohn’s.

She said: “I was re­ally poorly and had to live with my mum for a while un­til I re­cov­ered my strength.

“Tyler was so brave dur­ing that pe­riod. “He was only lit­tle. “He had to learn to be­come self-suf­fi­cient.

“He has been a mas­sive sup­port over the years.”

David Barker, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Crohn’s and Coli­tis UK, said: “We want to say a big thank you to Tyler for all his ef­forts and for help­ing to raise aware­ness of these ‘in­vis­i­ble’ dis­eases.

“Our sup­port­ers, such as Tyler give their time, money, en­ergy, de­vo­tion, and skills to help the bat­tle against Crohn’s and Coli­tis.”

To sup­port Tyler go to just­giv­ing.com/ TylerGoes-Pur­ple.

●● Tyler Lo­vatt with his mum Kerry, from Macclesfield

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