No Christmas dinner for girl with Crohn's disease

The Bolton News: Ellie Pugh, who suffers from Crohn's disease Ellie Pugh, who suffers from Crohn's disease

A COURAGEOUS young girl who suffers from a painful digestive illness is determined to help others despite missing out on her Christmas dinner this year.

Ellie Pugh is just eight years old and has Crohn’s Disease. She was diagnosed in 2012 and the treatments available are struggling to get her condition under control.

It means that for the next six weeks — over Christmas and her ninth birthday — Ellie, who lives in Leigh with her brother Connor, aged four, and sister Beth, aged 12, is unable to eat solid foods and is being fed a milk-like solution through a feeding tube. Despite this she has turned her attention to raising money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

She said: “I want to help other people and stop their suffering. I am going to go round supermarkets with my bucket to collect money from people.

Her parents, Donna and Anthony Pugh, have also set up Facebook and JustGiving pages to help the Sacred Heart pupil reach her goal of £1,000.

Her mum said: “It is early days but in two weeks she has raised £200.

“We are just so proud of her for the way she is handling everything, she has just dug deep and carried on.

“It is the little things she misses out on, like an advent calendar and her birthday cake but she has said from the start that she wants to help others.”

There is no cure for Ellie’s illness and she may require surgery to control it.

Little is known about what causes the condition but more and more children are being diagnosed with it every year.

Mr Pugh said: “There are some days when she has crawled into school because she is aching and tired, but she wants to go, and even when she is feeling ill she won’t let the teachers send her home. It has knocked her confidence and she is less outgoing than she used to be, but the fact she wants to go out there and help others is inspiring.”

To find out more visit facebook.com/digdeepforellie or justgiving.com

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10:13am Wed 4 Dec 13

Paul 23 says...

i have crohns disease , it is life changing for thw worse and i have had much surgery and still take large amounts of medication just to manage the condition as best as possible and limit the surgery. My heart really does go out to Elllie.
i have crohns disease , it is life changing for thw worse and i have had much surgery and still take large amounts of medication just to manage the condition as best as possible and limit the surgery. My heart really does go out to Elllie. Paul 23

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