Brave fam­ily fundraise for bowel con­di­tion

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A Wishaw fam­ily are in train­ing ahead of spon­sored walk around Scot­land’s cap­i­tal to raise cash in the fight against Crohn’s and Col­i­tis dis­ease.

Clare Tay­lor, to­gether with hus­band Steven and two-year-old son Har­vey will be tak­ing part in the Walk It 10k in Ed­in­burgh on July 2 in aid of Crohn’s and Col­i­tis UK.

The char­ity holds a special place in Clare’s heart with dad Ron­nie Shevlin pass­ing away at the age of just 39 after liv­ing with Ul­cer­a­tive Col­i­tis for a num­ber of years and Clare her­self strug­gling with the con­di­tion.

The 32- year- old, who lives in Nether­ton, said: “My dad ended up go­ing into hospi­tal to have a large part of his bowel re­moved as a re­sult of the con­di­tion.

“Fol­low­ing a biopsy the doc­tors dis­cov­ered can­cer­ous cells and they just spread like wild­fire and he died within a mat­ter of weeks.

“That was in 1999 but he was suffering with col­i­tis for 13 years.

“I had emer­gency surgeryy my­self to re­move a part off my bowel back in 2010.

“I grad­u­ated in July and d had my surgery in Au­gust bu­tut I re­ally strug­gled with it for or five years.

“I tried to keep it un­der con­trol but al­ways had crip­pling pains in my stom­ach; it was hor­rific.

“It re­ally does im­pact your qual­ity of life.

“I re­ally don’t know how I get through my fi­nal ex­ams that year.”

Around 300,000 peo­ple in the UK suf­fer with Crohn’s Dis­ease, Ul­cer­a­tive Col­i­tis and other forms of ir­ri­ta­ble bowel dis­ease.

Clare hopes that all of the money she and her fam­ily raise will help suf­fer­ers of the con­di­tions.

She added: “Ev­ery­one has been be­hind us and have been spon­sor­ing us.

“We will also be do­ing the walk with other fam­ily mem­bers so it will be a great day out for ev­ery­one as well as raising money.”

To do­nate to Clare’s cause visit www.just­giv­­ing/ theron­nier­am­blers

Happy fam­ily Clare with hus­band Steven and son Har­vey. In­set, dad Ron­nie

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