Founded in March 2014 #GetYourBellyOut CIC provides support
to people across the globe that are affected by
Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis.
As the name suggests, we encourage people to take a photograph of their belly and post it to social media. The idea is to showcase that whether you have scars, an ostomy or no visible signs at all we’re united in the fight against Inflammatory Bowel Disease! Over the years we have received a phenomenal response from the IBD community who are eager to share their story with the world, many for the very first time.
‘Two years ago, thanks to #GetYourBellyOut and all of their amazing inspiring warriors I FINALLY told everyone my 14 year old secret! I’ll forever be grateful to this campaign and the amazing people I’ve met through it, who gave me the confidence to do something I thought I’d never in my life even think of doing. So thank you from the bottom of my heart’ – #GetYourBellyOut supporter Francesca.
This groundbreaking approach has enabled us to raise awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease on a global scale!
Our amazing community of ‘bellies’ have helped raise over £77,000 for the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Supporters have taken part in various fundraising activities and charity evenings over the years in order to raise important funds. Efforts of which we hope will transfer over to #GetYourBellyOut now that we are listed as a Community Interest Company ie, not-for-profit organisation.
‘We are proud and privileged to be working with everyone associated with the #GetYourBellyOut campaign – long may it continue!’ – David Barker former Chief Executive of Crohn’s and Colitis UK.
We’ve been busy campaigning on issues in Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, hosted a pioneering ‘virtual ostomy care clinic’, featured in both an BBC & S4C mini documentary about IBD, won a Pride of Britain Award, provided feedback for NICE (National institute for Health and Care Excellence) on the use of Biologics and given presentations about the impact #GetYourBellyOut has had on the world.
We work hard on the important things, such as building people’s confidence, kindling new friendships, organising social events, reducing isolation and providing support 365 days a year.
We also work hand in hand with the NHS, Pharmaceutical and Ostomy companies to improve products, services and aid research to create a greater understanding of patient need.
#GetYourBellyOut is run on a voluntary basis by Victoria Marie, Lorna Haymes and Gemma Wills so it’s clearly not the great salaries that motivate us. In reality, each of the founders have a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and have personal reasons as to why we are so heavily invested in such an important global campaign. We share the same journey as our community in that we too have faced surgeries, mental health troubles, long hospital stays and continue to battle the daily challenges that living with IBD bring such as the constant fatigue and chronic pain.
Take your time browsing the website and discover more info about the amazing things we do at #GetYourBellyOut. You will find things we’ve worked on listed in the Past Projects tab, our merchandise range over in our SHOP and for more information about Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis please visit the Crohn’s and Colitis UK website.
In the meantime, if you have a question please get in contact with the GetYourBellyOut team.