Vitality Big Half 2020 – A Success!

27th April 2020

The family supporting team Merchy’s Stryders

On Sunday 1st March we saw our largest ever Gut Army in the Vitality Big Half take their positions. The 13.1-mile-long course that weaves through London landmarks was no match for Guts UK!

Our brave and bold runners represented our cause brilliantly. This year we saw patients running alongside professors of gastroenterology and families of those affected by digestive disorders. The famous ‘Merchy’s Stryders’ captained by Ian Merchill, ran in memory of his mother Pat, who passed away from pancreatitis.

This year, our runners have raised almost £8,000! 

Our gastroenterologists (or Guardians of the Gut as we prefer to call them) were Prof. Matthew Brookes and Prof. Chris Probert. Both are recipients of Guts UK’s research grants and both displayed their passion to give back to Guts UK on the day. Power couple Chelsea and Scott also rose to the challenge on the day, a pair determined to fight stomach cancer in memory of Chelsea’s grandmother Carole.

 

DISCOVER MORE:

Read more posts...

Your Comments: Mental Health Awareness Week

Digestive symptoms and conditions can have a real impact upon every-day life, that our community sometimes find others can underestimate. Managing pain, being unable to predict symptoms from day-to-day and anxiety surrounding accessing near-by toilet...

22nd May 2020

Mental Health Awareness & Digestive Diseases

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 falls at a challenging time for many across the globe. The team at Guts UK recognise the impact that digestive diseases can have on your mental health, and this week...

20th May 2020

World IBD Day

On World IBD Day every year, patient organisations come together from all over the globe to raise awareness of Crohn’s disease & Colitis. Guts UK is proud to fund over 10 current active research projects into...

19th May 2020

Eosinophilic Awareness Week 2020

This week, Guts UK wants to raise awareness, encourage collaboration and research into eosinophilic diseases. What are Eosinophilic Diseases? Eosinophilic Diseases (pronounced ee-oh-sin-oh-fil-ik) that affect the gut are identified by the presence of a type...

18th May 2020

World Barrett’s Day

Guts UK is one of the many worldwide charities collaborating to raise awareness of Barrett’s oesophagus for the first ever World Barrett’s Day – 16th May 2020. What is Barrett’s oesophagus? Around 10% of persistent...

16th May 2020

Coeliac Awareness Week – Lockdown as a Coeliac Dietitian

Cristian Costas, coeliac dietitian shares his experience supporting patients with coeliac disease during these challenging times. What was your role before lockdown and COVID-19? I was running the dietetic-led coeliac service at Bradford Teaching Hospitals...

12th May 2020

Cancer Treatment & Covid-19

On Monday, the Health Secretary announced that hospitals are now restarting vital services including cancer care. An important part of our work at Guts UK is campaigning, raising awareness and calling for more research into...

29th April 2020

Creon 25k – Potential Short Term Stock Issues

Guts UK is the only UK charity funding a research fellowship into pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a priority for our charity, so each November we’re proud to run a month-long Kranky Panky Pancreatitis Awareness Campaign. We...

22nd April 2020

Vitamin D Supplements & Covid19

Vitamin D levels tend to be low in people living in Northern Europe during winter months. Vitamin D is synthesised in the skin by the action of ultraviolet in sunlight. Although it is also present...

26th March 2020

World Digestive Health Day 2020

Happy World Digestive Health Day! Today is a much awaited day on the Guts UK calendar. Guts UK is the only UK charity funding research into the digestive system from top to tail; the gut,...

29th May 2020