Darren Fletcher is a player for the big occasion. While other men might shirk from the responsibility presented to them in the heat of battle, the Scot thrives in such encounters.
That’s why everybody at Manchester United is delighted Darren is making huge steps in his recovery from Ulcerative Colitis that has kept him sidelined since December 2012.
Fletcher’s never-say-die attitude has been displayed on many occasions. This, combined with his indefatigable running, hassling, closing down and tackling, is what made him so important to Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans when he was available for selection.
Darren has bravely spoken publicly about his battle with Ulcerative Colitis and has been a tremendous help in putting this event on.
Together with the love and support of his wife Hayley, family, friends and team mates, he is determined to help raise awareness about this illness.
Lewis Moody MBE, former England Rugby captain, is a very brave man. His fearless commitment to winning has gained him 71 caps, 1 World Cup, 3 Lions caps and numerous Premiership and European titles.
But now ‘Mad Dog Moody’, as he’s known on the pitch, has a new goal. Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2005, to add to his many physical injuries, Lewis is throwing himself into the fight to help others with IBD.
He says, “If it strikes when you’re young and fit, you’re too embarrassed to talk about it. Sportsmen are used to coping with all sorts of injuries, but the pain, feeling knackered all the time and the humiliation of not always being able to control your bowels is terrible.”
“I’d urge anyone to tell someone and get help, if they think they’ve got it. My life was so much easier when I finally told my mates – I only wish I’d done it earlier. Get to know the enemy, get information, talk about it – and then take control – it’s your body and your life!”
Ali Jawad, is a World Champion.
Born without legs and living with Crohn’s, nothing holds Ali back from achieving his goals. He is an inspiration to millions of people throughout the world. He recently won gold at the IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai 2014 breaking the World Record with a 190kg bench press in the 59kg weight class.
Ali represented Britain at the London Paralympics 2012. He has set his sights on a medal at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and is looking forward to Rio 2016.
Ali is already a Champion for the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK and we are honoured to invite Ali to be an Ambassador for ‘United For Colitis’ after meeting him at the United For Colitis launch at Old Trafford earlier this year. He told us ‘the real star of the show that night was Ellie Pugh’ and upon winning his gold medal he said ‘I did this for everyone affected with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease).
Brett is one of Wales’ leading athletes. He represented Britain at the 2012 Olympics in London competing in the Discus throw. In 2013 he threw a national record of 66.84 at the Welsh Championships and also became a British Champion. Brett is currently ranked 8th in the World and will be competing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. He is also looking forward to Rio 2016.
Brett has Ulcerative Colitis. We are proud to confirm Brett as an Ambassador for United For Colitis. He is an inspiration to everyone with IBD.
It all started when he was on an Olympic training camp in 2012 in San Diego when he started to feel a little under the weather and got checked out by his local GP upon returning home who said it was nothing serious… he continued as normal for a few weeks but things gradually got worse over the next three months until one day, in the middle of Cardiff city centre (coming back from training) he had a huge pang in his stomach and hit the floor… after a lot of tests, Brett was finally diagnosed with UC in February 2013. Since then things have got a lot better. Brett quotes “I was relieved to find out what I was suffering from. I had known for over a year something was wrong so it was good to find out what. The only thing I knew about UC was that Darren Fletcher had it”… since then Brett has been inspired by other sportsmen such as Sir Steve Redgrave and Lewis Moody MBE. Brett wants to prove UC does not affect his performance and nothing is going to hold him back from sport.
Being an ambassador of United For Colitis is important to Brett “I will do anything I can do to help”. We are delighted to welcome Brett as a speaker at our event on 19 May in London to raise awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Check out his website http://www.brettmorse.co.uk/