#GetYourBellyOut Wedding & Party Favours

Are you preparing for your wedding day, special party or fundraising event?  Are you undecided on what favours to offer your guests?  Are you looking for a tasteful way to raise awareness of Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis?

Look no further as #GetYourBellyOut can help you out!!!

Our wedding and celebration pin badges are not only a beautiful and thoughtful keepsake for any special event, but a way of helping to connect and support those affected by inflammatory bowel disease.

By gifting our unique favours you are sharing with your guests a cause that truly matters to you and helping to raise awareness of these often misunderstood incurable illnesses.

Our wedding and event favours include a special pin badge and white favour card that reads ‘A donation has been made on your behalf to #GetYourBellyOut in celebration of today’s event. This will help support people affected by inflammatory bowel disease’.

So look no further and worry no more, put the finishing touches to your event by clicking here to order our celebration favours today! Minimum order of 20 required. Contact us in advance of your event as we are happy to help!

Individual items from our previous range are still be available to purchase from our online store.

#GetYourBellyOut’s fundraising superstars!

For the past 12 months (17/18) we’ve really enjoyed being named Pelican Healthcare / Respond Healthcare LTD‘s fundraising partners of the year!

It’s been marvelous seeing all of Pelican and Respond’s wild and wacky fundraising challenges, such as Louise who ran the Aviemore 10k and their national sales manager Fiona who took on the Brighton Half Marathon in order to help raise funds! Your hard earned donations are greatly appreciated and have added a cracking £3,635.70 to #GetYourBellyOut’s fundraising total (which currently stands at over £76,000) which has been forwarded to the Crohn’s and Colitis UK charity.

Respond fundraisers

Would you or your company like to support #GetYourBellyOut Community Interest Company over the next 12 months? Might you have the opportunity to nominate us (a newly registered not-for-profit organisation) as your workplaces’ ‘charity of the year’? If you think that you can help or support us in any way, we would love to hear from you as your support will make all the difference!! Here’s how you can get in touch!


GetYourBellyOut Discuss Ostomy Underwear with Vanilla Blush

It’s not everyday that you get to ask a CEO about her knickers…but that’s exactly what we did!
#GetYourBellyOut were thrilled to sit down with the fabulous Nicola Dames of Vanilla Blush and ask her a few questions about her latest line of ostomy underwear….
Eilidh and RObbie grey

For your latest endeavour you’ve taken on the challenge of designing some ostomy underwear that’s aimed at children. What prompted you to design a kids range?
‘Simple answer: kids have stomas. Also, it might be a better way of looking at it and describing it as ‘when the person is a child. The reason being, this conceptually protects the reality that we are a continuum throughout our life.’

What special features does the underwear contain?
‘They have the Vanilla Blush trade mark with left-to-right internal pocket, a great style, and are designed for comfort.’

They sound great! Tell us a little about the price point…
‘The range is available via the NHS or private purchase which will cost £27 for three pairs!’
Eilidh Black and White

We can see that you had some very special models join you for the photo shoot. Could you explain why you felt it was important to use those with bowel troubles over traditional models? (Great move!)
‘Personally, I would never use someone who the product was not intended for to model our garments. So this was going to be no different when it came to the children’s range. The proof in what you do, is so much more when you can visualise how the product can work. Both Robbie and Eilidh were very much all guns blazing and nearly running the shoot by the end! Eilidh even turned up with her own makeup on haha that did give me a laugh and as for her poses, she was outstanding. Robbie was keeping me in line, showing me which prop went with which outfit, it was so wonderful to watch how everyone was just so comfortable. I’d like to say a very special thanks to Julie Bastin and Sue Blackwell (Breakaway), Jenny Gow, from Buttony Bear, and to the Parents, Lesley and Rhona, for allowing this to go ahead.’

Aww sounds like you had a right hoot!
What were some of the challenges of creating a children’s range, rather than your usual more slinky adult range?
‘Appropriateness is of course an essential. Our stage in life when we are a child should be one of innocence, light hardheartedness and limits. All the rest can wait, and should wait, until adulthood.’

We would love to know which is your favourite pattern and why?
‘I love them all, but guess the black and white stand out for me, but I do love black.’

What are range does your new range cater for?
‘We start age 3-4, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10 years in both boys and girls.’

Super! Tell us where people can get ahold of your new range…
‘Our new range is available on prescription or to private purchase (Which we can ship worldwide!) from our website http://www.vblush.com ‘

So there you have it folks, an ostomy child friendly underwear range that’s beautifully designed with comfort in mind. With thanks to Nicola Dame for taking the time out of her busy day to speak with the #GetYourBellyOut campaign.

Pioneering virtual stoma care clinic

It’s no secret that we’re passionate in our aim to improve the amount of support that’s available to those within the Inflammatory Bowel Disease community.

With this in mind in March 2016 we had an idea!  ‘Let’s see if we can host a ‘virtual stoma care clinic’ we thought to ourselves.
So with that in mind we set about trying to enlist the help of a stoma care nurse.

We pitched our idea to our friends over at Securicare Medical who have their own team of medically trained stoma care nurses and needless to say they were just as excited as we were!
We soon started to plan how we would make our ‘virtual stoma care clinic’ which could effectively be a 1-1 nurse-led web chat a reality and get this pioneering idea off the ground!
GetYourBellyOut stoma clinic
The pilot, which was available exclusively to #GetYourBellyOut campaign supporters required participants to fill in a short form over on the Securicare website. They were asked for a brief outline of what their questions or concerns were and encouraged to submit any relevant photos (for example if someone was having trouble with skin irritation) before their consultation.
The reason for completing these forms upfront was to allow the trained stoma care nurses extra time to call upon their years of experience and wealth of knowledge to track down the best possible solutions.

Those who agreed to take part were given one of six allotted appointment times, between the hours of 5pm – 9pm where they would receive a call with a trained stoma care nurse by using web based technology. Each person involved in this scheme was allowed up to 20 minutes and all questions that were raised during the discussions were followed up afterwards.

Our online stoma care clinic went really well and from the feedback that we received, all parties involved in this first of it’s kind initiative thought that it was a great success! This forward thinking approach enabled us to provided a private, safe and confidential environment in which our supporters could discuss their concerns, all from the comfort of their own homes.

In this fast paced, modern society we feel it’s important to make the most of these ever expanding advances in technology in order to provide the best care possible. The hope going forward is that these nurse-led web chats (be these ostomy or IBD related) will help in a number of ways. For example, they will be able to save patients having to take time off work or education as instead of sitting in clinical waiting areas, they can tap into these ‘virtual clinics’ from a location that’s most convenient for them.

These 1-1 nurse-led web chats offer a much welcomed alternative for those who live in remote parts of the UK, that would otherwise have to spent hours travelling to and from their nearest hospital.  This new set up would not only save time but also money. The aim is to ensure that these illnesses don’t have a negative impact upon someone’s daily life, especially when experiencing a period of ‘good health’.

We look forward to seeing how this idea evolves in the future and hope that this style of clinic becomes a reality for many of us. 


‘Can’t Wait Card’ set to hit Wales!

Launched in 1987 the Crohn’s and Colitis UK ‘Can’t Wait Card’ has helped thousands of their members with Inflammatory Bowel Disease gain access to bathroom facilities in an emergency without the embarrassment of having to explain their urgent need.

The purpose of the card is to make it easier for members to ask to use the toilets in busy shops, restaurants and other buildings, which may not be available to the general public; without having to give a long and often embarrassing explanation about their condition and urgency in a crowded area.
The Can’t Wait card is presented when someone with IBD is in an emergency and trying to avoid an accident in public. These customers require help, discretion and understanding.

A major anxiety for people living with a chronic health condition like Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis (IBD), is being refused access to toilet facilities or being confronted about why they are using a ‘disabled’ toilet.  People with IBD often appear to look ‘okay’ on the outside, however are in a daily battle with a serious medical condition.

With this in mind the #GetYourBellyOut campaign sprang into action when an opportunity to help better promote the Can’t Wait card presented itself thanks to a good friend of the campaign Jamie Bowen and Swansea Business Improvement District (BID).

#GetYourBellyOut set about to create the Can’t Wait Card information packs, in collaboration with Jamie and Crohn’s and Colitis UK which outlines all that’s needed to know about the initiative and how retail outlets and businesses can get involved.
Can't Wait Card Info Packs

A modern twist was added by the belly team during a recent trip to the Crohn’s and Colitis UK headquarters in St.Albans when we helped to design an easily recognisable sticker that stores and restaurants could display in the windows which will work in conjunction with the card.

The card is a valued resource and in a recent Crohn’s and Colitis UK membership survey, 87% of members rated the card as being important or very important to them. The card gives holders a level of reassurance to access toilets in the absence of public facilities and to ask to jump to the front of a queue in an emergency.

The idea is that these participating store’s will help holders of the card to enter the premises at short notice, safe in the knowledge that they’re welcome to use the facilities. It’s hoped that this in turn will create brand loyalty which is a win-win for all parties involved in the scheme.

A continuous anxiety about suddenly needing the toilet and having very little time to find one can have a devastating impact on the ability to engage in regular activities away from home such as going to work, shopping or socializing. Life can become very isolating as patients often become housebound.


Can't Wait‘On a recent visit to Edinburgh I needed an urgent trip to the toilet, so popped into Costa Coffee but the toilets were locked. I showed my Can’t Wait Card to the charming young gentleman who unlocked the door for myself to use. This was the first time I have used the card so thanks to Costa, the young man and Crohn’s and Colitis UK for the card’ – Crohn’s and Colitis UK member.

The initiative is set to pilot in Swansea, South Wales with potential plans to roll out such schemes across the whole of the UK.  Information packs were sent out a number of weeks ago and are now on the desks of the decision makers.  We have received feedback with a number of large stores (details will be announced in due course by the charity) already signed up to back the scheme which #GetYourBellyOut feels will have a huge impact upon the daily lives of our supporters.
If your store, restaurant or business would be interested in supporting the Can’t Wait card initiative in Swansea please CONTACT US.

A similar scheme is already underway in Canada and has had great success, click here to find out more. Alternatively if you’d like to get a Can’t Wait Card then please sign up to the Crohn’s and Colitis UK membership, details of which can be found on their website.

#GetYourBellyOut – creating opportunities!

Stephanie Bongard took to social media to post a photograph of her belly in support of the #GetYourBellyOut campaign. A post which has since reached thousands of people and even featured on the Huffington post website.
Since then our friends over at Pelican Health have offered Stephanie the chance to share her story over on their website.
‘I had seen it as a hashtag on Instagram and was inspired by the ostomates who were brave enough to bare their bellies to the world.  Even more encouraging was that many of them looked to be my age!’ she writes.

We caught up with Stephanie to ask what it’s been like having so many opportunities since posting her first ever #GetYourBellyOut photo.

‘I never thought that the photo would go so far! I’m amazed at the opportunities I am getting to help bring awareness to IBD and living with an ostomy. Even though I’ve had to miss out on some important things in my life because of my medical history, this just goes to show that when one door closes another one opens.’
She continued ‘I hope that by sharing my story I can encourage other ostomates to do the same! Be proud and #GetYourBellyOut!’

In addition to Stephanie’s success following her initial belly photo another of our gorgeous campaign supporters Jane Beaumont landed a feature in a recent edition of Take a Break magazine after she was encouraged to share her IBD story over on our public #GetYourBellyOut Facebook page.
Jane’s advice to those thinking about sharing their story with others was ‘Never let your disease define you as a person and you’ll achieve what ever you please in life!’

It’s great to see that #GetYourBellyOut is helping people around the world adjust to life with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and that we’re able to connect patients with such diverse opportunities. From offering product feedback, newspaper/ magazine features, ostomy factory visits to featuring in a charity calendar, it’s been wonderful to see everyone’s confidence skyrocket.

Well done Stephanie, Jane and all who have shared their ‘belly pictures’ with us. Thank you for helping to raise awareness for all of us living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or an ostomy. What are you waiting for? #GetYourBellyOut!!!

Braving the catwalk for IBD awareness!

California State University San Marcos hosted an awesome awareness event called ‘Love Your Body’ and asked those brave enough to get involved.

One such brave IBD’er to step forward was #GetYourBellyOuwebsite-story-alishat campaign supporter Alisha Donaldson.  Alisha joined The Gender Equity Centre in the middle of the campus courtyard for a fashion catwalk like no other. When asked of the event Alisha said ‘The event was to encourage body positivity while raising awareness of health issues and harmful/ offensive advertisements. There was a runway for anyone to strut their lovely selves down, whilst the MC explained what each person loved most about their body.’
She continued ‘I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to step far outside of my comfort zone, strip down and walk the runway in order to showcase/ highlight that confidence is key when tackling life with an ostomy.’

Before the event Alisha reached out to our community of ‘bellies’ and got them involved by asking them to submit words related to Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  She would later write these words upon her body to raise awareness of the troubles that those with a chronic illness face. She was keen to highlight and represent ‘invisible illnesses’ which unfortunately many endure and often deal with alone.

When asked how the e11225365_10202551881193655_3532877145530812078_nvent had gone Alisha said ‘I was extremely uncomfortable but knew that that day and that moment was bigger than me. I was speaking on behalf of so many who couldn’t speak for themselves.  I was so happy to able to share that accomplishment with so many. It’s heartwarming to know that I’ve inspired others and am helping to make a difference, not only by overcoming my own struggles but for others out there like me.’

It’s amazing to see that the #GetYourBellyOut campaign is still encouraging people throughout the globe to raise awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  If you have been inspired by the #GetYourBellyOut campaign please get in touch, for your chance to be our next feature.

#GetYourBellyOut Ostomy Factory Tour!

That’s right, the #GetYourBellyOut campaign gathered up a bunch of our scrumptious campaign supporters for a wicked day out at an ostomy factory!

Pelican Healthcare kindly agreed to let the #GetYourBellyOut campaign, a film crew and some of our supporters in for a behind the scenes snoop at what goes into creating ostomy bags.

There are many people worldwide who have an ostomy whether that be a Colostomy, Ileostomy or Urostomy for a number of different reasons. Patients with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis are sometimes given the option of an ostomy if the bowel  becomes too inflamed or ulcerated because of disease (which is often the cause great pain/discomfort).
This ostomy factory tour was the perfect opportunity for us to break down the barriers and dive straight in with a behind the scenes look at the facilities and the processes involved in making ostomy bags. Who knew that there were so many different stages to ensuring that each ostomy bag is created to such a high standard.

#GetYourBellyOut has formed some wonderful friendships along the way which has allowed us to connect our campaign supporters directly with the brands and companies which they benefit from every single day.  This tour was a shining example of patients working closely with those who have dedicated their time to designing/ providing the best possible products to make life with an ostomy that little bit easier.

Not only did we have the opportunity for a good snoop around but we spent hours talking about all sorts from product feedback to ostomy accessories. As a result of the wonderful minds gathered around the table we have plenty of new ideas to implement in the near future, watch this space!

We would like to give our thanks to Pelican Healthcare for allowing us to visit as without them we wouldn’t have added a new experience to our list! They too kindly allowed a film crew from ITV to follow the campaign for the day in aid of an awareness programme that’s due to be aired on S4C in the coming weeks.

For more information about ostomies see the Crohn’s and Colitis UK website.

#GetYourBellyOut named as charity ambassadors!

#GetYourBellyOut are thrilled to announce that Lorna Haymes, Gem Wills & Victoria Marie have been named as ambassadors for the UK’s national charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

Community Champions are a new tier of ambassadors which will sit alongside the likes of Anastacia, Sir Steve Redgrave, Carrie Grant and Darren Fletcher who currently fly the flag in order to raise awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

#GetYourBellyOut were selected as one of twelve new Community Champions as recognition for their dedication, passion and exceptional efforts in supporting the charity and the wider IBD community.


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David Barker, Chief Executive at Crohn’s and Colitis UK said;
“The new Community Champions will reflect everyday supporters who are making a huge difference to the charity and the wider IBD community.”
“I am thrilled that GetYourBellyOut are one of our first Community Champions and that, like the others will encourage and inspire others. Our close community is our biggest strength and we would not be able to do the work we do without it. There are people doing incredible things everyday and launching the Community Champion programme is our way of recognising that.”

The #GetYourBellyOut team would like to thank our loyal campaign supporters for their ongoing love and support. We aim to continue our role in being a strong voice for the community and hope that becoming ambassadors for Crohn’s and Colitis UK serves as a clear mark of trust.
We couldn’t do what we do best on a voluntary basis without the amazing support that we receive from those who believe in us; our campaign supporters.

For more information about the new line-up of Community Champions visit the Crohn’s and Colitis UK website.