CICRA, UK-Wide

4 September 2018, 14:06 | Updated: 4 September 2018, 17:14

CIRCA
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By Tom Eames

CICRA (Crohns in Childhood Research Association), is a national charity set up to help children living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

The charity supports over 600 children and young people every year, and with the help from health professionals, CICRA conducts research into better treatments. The charity also campaigns to increase public understanding of both conditions and to give a voice to children living with Crohn’s and Colitis.

CICRA supports children like Mansi, who is affected by Crohn’s Disease.

When Mansi was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, the medication she needed had a number of effects on her physical and mental health.

She said: “I was in primary school at the time and because I have always been quite skinny people asked me why I had gained so much weight in such little time. I got bullied, and because of this I got anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"I felt sad all the time. When I first came to CICRA I felt that there were other people in the same boat as me. This has helped me to open up more about it with my friends at school.”

Global’s Make Some Noise is supporting CICRA to deliver a new project that will provide support to children with inflammatory bowel disease, to help them deal with the impact of Crohn’s and Colitis.

This project aims to help even more children have the best chance of enjoying childhood, despite their condition.

To find out more about CICRA, visit the charity’s website (http://www.makesomenoise.com/cicra/).