Help Guts UK raise awareness of pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a key area for Guts UK. We fund research and raise awareness of the condition. Over the next few months we are launching an awareness and fundraising campaign around pancreatitis. Two key landmarks are the launch of the NICE guidelines on pancreatitis and the Kranky Panky Weekend.

The new NICE guidelines on pancreatitis were published on 5th September 2019. NICE  provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. The guidelines are for healthcare professionals and commissioners  (planners and buyers of NHS and social care services), but importantly, they are also for children, young people and adults with acute or chronic pancreatitis, their families and carers. Find out more about the NICE pancreatitis guidelines.

Guts UK is running a ‘Kranky Panky Weekend’  on 23rd to 25th November to raise awareness of pancreatitis . The event is named after the nickname that patients give to pancreatitis (kranky panky!).

November has become the purple coloured month because of the campaign to light windows and buildings across the world in purple to show support for pancreatic cancer charities. As a digestive cancer, Guts UK has funded research into pancreatic cancer and actively campaigns for better survival rates as part of the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce.

This year we will also have a focus on pancreatitis within November. Our aims are to raise awareness of the condition and to raise funds for research and information activities.

What activities will take place?

Guts UK is already building up to the Kranky Panky Weekend and we hope that many of our supporters will join us in raising awareness and funds for pancreatitis.

Personal stories

Throughout the month of November we will share on our website and via social media 30 personal stories and key facts about pancreatitis. We are collecting a range of stories around pancreatitis, from how difficult it can be to get a prompt diagnosis to the complexities of explaining the condition to friends, family and employers.

Have you or your loved one been affected by pancreatitis? Please share your story with us. Real stories have a powerful way of giving real insight that others can understand and learn from. We hear from our supporters that they are always interested in hearing how a condition or symptoms affects others, and how they cope. A story that prompts someone to go to the doctor may just save a life.

Awareness and fundraising activities

We want our supporters and members of the public affected by pancreatitis to get together, learn from each others and hopefully also raise some funds for research. Guts UK can support these activities with fundraising and information packs.

There are many other ways you can help us raise awareness and funds for pancreatitis. Get in touch with us to discuss other ideas.