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 surgery myself to remove a part of my bowel back in 2010.
“I graduated in July and had my surgery in August but I really struggled with it for 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 inflammatory 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.”