GOOD friends whose mums suffer from the same disease have helped to raise nearly £140,000 by holding an annual sponsored walk.

Lisa Meleck, 24, of Watford Road, Northwood, and Natasha Adley, 23, of Stanmore, have been organising 10kForCrohns at Hyde Park for the past seven years.

This year's event, which was held on Sunday (26), was opened by popstar Duncan James and helped to raise £17,000 for the ForCrohns charity.
Miss Adley said: "The day went really well. We had some really great entertainment from a 25-piece steel band and a young hip hop dance act who were phenomenal.

"We also had a researcher there from St Mark's Hospital to say more about where the money goes."

This year 200 people took part in the event and 17-year-old Crohn's sufferer, Oliver Yang, from Edgware, also sang to keep the walkers entertained.

Miss Adley said: "We have been organising this event since we were 16 because both our mums suffer from it and so few people have heard of the illness. We want to raise awareness as well as raising money and we have teamed up with St Mark's Hospital to help fund research into the disease.

"My mum was 23 when she was diagnosed and Lisa's mum is in remission now, but there's no cure for it, just treatment.

"Not a lot is known about it and there are a lot of symptoms so it's hard to diagnose.

"It causes inflammation of the intestines so when you need the toilet you have to go straight away.

"Mum mum can't go and watch my brother play football in the park because there's no toilets there and she can't go on long journeys so it affects her everyday.

"Some people have to be in and out of hospital their whole lives though.

"All the events we do are very family orientated and they don't cost much to take part in because it's much more about getting everybody involved.

"We' like to hold more events but we need corporate support."

Miss Meleck and Miss Adley were also awarded a Cosmopolitan Women of the Year award in November 2007 for their work.

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