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Model for #GetYourBellyOut!

Grab this amazing opportunity to help promote #GetYourBellyOut’s awareness clothing brand!

#GetYourBellyOut would like to gather together the best possible photographs of our campaign supporters modelling our clothing range.  These images will be used for promotional purposes and prominently feature on our social media outlets.

The belly team know just how awesome our campaign supporters are. As such we wish to celebrate and showcase the different age ranges, interests and fashion styles which make up our amazing belly brigade. Make sure that we can see your individual flare and personalities shine from the pictures that you submit.

What’s the prize? Your very own five minutes of fame by becoming our next poster pinup. Think you’ve got what it takes?
If you own an item of #GetYourBellyOut clothing we would love to hear from you. You are not going to want to miss this opportunity as we have an extra special surprise for our winners.

We have put together some tips to help you create an image which will stand the best chance of being selected so make sure that you get involved:

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Nick Axtell a previous competition winner modelling his design for our #GetYourBellyOut clothing range.

– Don’t send us any selfies.  Ask a friend or family member to be in charge of the camera. This way you’re more likely to capture/feature the whole garment.

– On this occasion we are not looking for group shots. This is a solo exercise so only one person to be featured within each image.

– We are looking for good/ high quality images so delete any fuzzy shots or keep them for your personal photo albums. Fuzzy/ out of focus shots won’t help your chances of being selected as we are seeking images with a professional feel.

– Be mindful when selecting your favourite images, choose the ones which you feel best represent the modern vibe of the #GetYourBellyOut campaign.

– Express your personality within your pictures, remember that you want to stand out! Although we usually encourage it, belly flashing is not required this time around as we need to see the full garment on show.

– Remember that #GetYourBellyOut are looking for the images which stand out the most and highlight /show our garments off in the best possible way.

– We are looking for images which will cover our full range so if you have more than one item of #GetYourBellyOut clothing please submit a photograph of yourself modeling each one. Whether this be in your vest, tshirt or hoody  and either white, black, grey or navy.

– Bonus points are given for original ideas so think outside the box.

– Please be aware we cannot use any images which have distractions/ mess in the background.  Think about your surroundings! Maybe you’ve chosen to take your photographs at the local skate park or at a national beauty spot. Whichever location you choose make sure that you keep your backgrounds clutter free.


*Now for the important stuff**

All entries MUST be emailed to

Photos submitted via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter will not be considered. Only photos sent to the email address above as an ‘attachment’ will count. If your image doesn’t land up in the inbox it simply won’t count! We request that you do not upload your entries to social media as you will spoil the surprise.

#GetYourBellyOut can not accept any images which have been altered in any way such as filters added, frilly boarders, featuring any text or having been Photo-shopped.

We are happy for you to enter numerous images although please ensure that we can see the full length of the garment (hoody/ t-shirt) in each photo.

Check the background of your images for anything that you may consider to be private. For example if your image has been taken near a well known landmark, this may give away your geographic location. Any pictures taken in your home environment will need to be checked by yourselves to ensure that nothing which you consider personal is on display.

Your entry MUST be received by 1pm (UK time) by Wednesday 31st August 2016. Entries submitted after this time will NOT be considered.

Winning entries will be selected by the #GetYourBellyOut team and those chosen to feature in our promotional advertisement will be announced by Wednesday 7th September 2016.

By submitting your pictures via email to you:

Are aware that selected images will be used to promote our #GetYourBellyOut clothing line/brand.
Give permission for the #GetYourBellyOut Campaign to use your pictures for online, media and advertising promotional use.
You understand that there will be no money exchanged in return for this promotional opportunity.
You’re comfortable with the images being seen by a large volume of people as they will be in the public domain.
#GetYourBellyOut reserves the rights to cancel this promotional opportunity at any time.
#GetYourBellyOut reserves the right to select as many or as few entries as is deemed appropriate.

Good Luck! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Heart-warming Clothes Swap

Bellies boost confidence with heart-warming clothes swap initiative.

No matter your size the #GetYourBellyOut campaign would indeed encourage all of our campaign supporters to disregard the number which can be found on the inside of clothing garments and focus more on the relationship that one has with their own body/ health.

clothes swap 3 Many with Inflammatory Bowel Disease know all too well the struggles which IBD’ers face with regards to a fluctuating waistline. Some face a struggle to gain or maintain weight because of symptoms such as the loss of appetite whilst others are managing the often uninvited weight gains thanks to medication side effects such as the steroids used to aggressively treat IBD.

Those with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis can face a challenging journey with regards to maintaining a healthy waistline and as a result often struggle with body confidence. Many find themselves out of pocket or out of style when it comes to fashion but worry no more as help is at hand! For the cost of postage and packaging you can restock your wardrobe with clothes that actually fit thanks to an ingenious idea that’s sprung from within the IBD community!

Fairy godmother Brenda Meakin was inspired by fellow #GetYourBellyOut campaign supporter Sarah Young to set up what is fast becoming a well loved Bellies Clothes Swap. The aim of the Facebook group is to encourage ‘bellies’ who have outgrown their wardrobe to donate any unwanted items so that others can benefit from them.

The idea has seen campaign supporters spring cleaning their wardrobes all for a good cause. Stories are emerging of those who are wishing to ditch their oversized wardrobes in order to replace the space with clothing that actually fits their new frame. Likewise there have been stories from ‘bellies’ who have really gained confidence from being sent clothing donations of a larger size without having the added expense of buying a whole new wardrobe of clothing. Already the movement has received some very desirable clothing donations which were quickly snapped up by those who could give these pre-loved clothes a new lease of life.
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How does it work?
Bellies who have items of clothing which they’re happy to pass on to fellow IBD’ers upload an image of the clothing item into the Bellies Clothes Swap Facebook group, listing the size of the garment and any descriptive wording that may help those perusing the goods on offer. Those wishing to bid on an item simply express their interest and the clothing items are dispatched on a first come first serve basis. The only costs involved for the recipient of the garments is to reimburse the cost of postage and packaging for the sender.

Who is it for?
Whether you’re in your teens or enjoying the later enjoyments of life you’re most welcome to partake in the bellies clothing swap. The movement is open to both men and women although currently it seems to be mostly the women who are clearing some extra space in their wardrobes.

Why is such a movement is so important?
The Bellies Clothes Swap is an important step in boosting people’s confidence and can really help make someone’s day! Mrs Meakin explains ‘I was a size 24 before I first became unwell with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and my weight dropped right down to a size 12/14 (UK clothing chart). Somewhere in the middle of my weight loss journey I had to buy a load of new clothes as I couldn’t continue wearing a size 24 now that I was a lot slimmer. After spending a fortune on clothes I lost more weight again so once more I was forced to restock my wardrobe with clothes that would fit…only my new clothing wouldn’t fit me for very long as I began to put the weight back on as my health stabilised. I’ve wasted so much money because of my continually changing waistline so when Sarah Young posted in the #GetYourBellyOut support group that she had clothing items to donate to a good home it really struck a chord and inspired me. I get such a lovely feeling when I see others happy to receive the clothing donation and it gives these items another lease of life. ‘
Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease that could benefit from being involved with such an initiative can reach the Facebook group here.

What of the future?
The movement has already seen a very kind donation of pre-loved wedding and bridesmaids outfits which quickly found a new home so I would imagine that the aim for the future is to continue drawing in quality pre-owned items which are looking to be worn once more.
When asked of her future plans Mrs Meakin said that she hoped to encourage supporters to rope in more friends, places of work and schools to participate in the clothes drive. ‘It would be wonderful if a group of friends or colleagues could band together and have a clothes swapping collection party then send their kind donations to one of the team who could distribute the clothing items to those who could greatly benefit from them.’

Want to get involved? Here’s how you could help!
Are you one of the many that have a ball gown or prom dress that is sitting up the attic gathering dust and would love to give it a new home? Any such donations would be greatly received. Here’s an example of how your kind gesture could really help:

The #GetYourBellyOut campaign hosts an annual charity evening which see over 200 campaign supporters gathered for an evening of fun, giggles and charitable fundraising with costs kept to a minimum as many supporters are too unwell to maintain regular work. Some spend months saving to cover the cost a £39 ticket in order to meet friends that they’ve spent a great deal of time chatting with online as well as a room full of fellow IBD’ers. So imagine the relief when an idea was pitched to swap pre-loved prom or ball gowns. Now not only are our campaign supporters able to make the event but they too shall have a chance to shine by giving a pre-loved gown another night to remember.
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The movement would also like to hear from you if you’re interested in donating any good quality pre-loved clothing items. Perhaps you have items of clothing in your wardrobe which still have the labels on and have no intentions of wearing the items?  If so please let us know.
If you, your friends or place of work have decided to join in with the Bellies Clothes Swap make sure that you share your photos with us!
So whatever your size be sure to get involved with such a worthy cause.

We respectfully ask any media wishing to feature the heart-warming story about the Bellies Clothes Swap initiative to contact us directly.

New Website!

After more than two years of the #GetYourBellyOut awareness campaign we feel that it’s time for a bit of an update. You may have noticed during the past couple of months that the team have been working super hard on shaking off a few cobwebs and sprucing up a few areas that over time had unfortunately become a little unloved and tatty around the edges as a result of always being on the go.

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August 2016 sees the launch of our new campaign website which we have quietly been working on behind the scenes. It’s really difficult to keep things a secret around here when we’re so excited and bursting at the seams with wanting to share our progress with you all.

Our new campaign website is just one of many updates which we hope to roll out in the near future so be sure to keep an eye out for anything new that may crop up!
In the meantime please feel free to take a good look around our new sparkly doodah website and let us know what you think! Did we do a good job? We sure hope so.