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Hospital team is stepping up for September charity challenge

A team at Peterborough City Hospital is 'Stepping up for Stoma' in September by ramping up their daily steps routine.
The A4 ward team at PCH

There are 160,000 people in the UK with stoma bags, and a team at A4 Ward is pledging to each take a step for every one of them that month for charity.

The ward aims to provide a specialist service to care for patients with all colorectal (lower bowel) disorders, including bowel cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum), diverticular disease, haemorrhoids, incontinence, and inflammatory bowel disease (colitis and Crohn's).

A spokesperson said: "As a team of healthcare professional working on a colorectal ward we’re really proud to be able to do our bit to support this self funding charity that helps many people living with a stoma.

"Having a stoma can be a shock, it can leave a person feeling bewildered and alone, which can have a knock-on effect to their mental health and well-being, and leave them feeling alone and isolated, sometimes embarrassed and often scared. We want to be part of the solution to “normalise” life with a stoma and support such a fabulous charity!

"Colostomy UK is a national charity that offers support and advice to people with stomas and to their families, carers and friends. Colostomy UK also campaigns and acts as advocates for ostomates on the many issues they face going about their daily lives.  

"We want hidden conditions to be understood and accepted by all. Our vision is of communities in which everyone is empowered to reach their potential."

The team is aiming to raise at least £1,000 throughout September, and its fundraising page can be found here