Woman raises money for charity in memory of late husband

Annie Swanston, the organiser of the annual fundraiser raising money in memory of her husband.

Annie Swanston, the organiser of the annual fundraiser raising money in memory of her husband. - Credit: Archant

A St Albans widow has raised thousands of pounds for Crohn’s & Colitis UK.

As community champion for Crohn’s & Colitis UK, Annie Swanston is continuing her fundraising in memory of her late husband Ian Swanston who had ulcerative colitis.

The ball, organised by Annie Swanston, is an annual event and will be held at St. Michael’s Manor on Saturday, May 4.

Last month she donated over £8,500 to the charity after hosting a ladies lunch in St. Albans.

Annie has raised over £220,000 through all her fundraising activities.

She said: “Unlike many other diseases, there is a huge stigma attached to Crohn’s and Colitis, and many people feel too ashamed or embarrassed to talk about their condition.

“This means that not only are they facing the devastating effects of these conditions, they’re doing so alone. Hosting this ball in memory of my late husband Ian always makes me so proud.

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“I would love for the local community join me in raising money that will directly support those who may be struggling. I’m looking forward to once again seeing the generosity and kindness from supporters to tackle this stigma head on and raise awareness of these invisible diseases.”

Crohn’s & Colitis UK have an ambitious five year strategy that aims for improved lives today, and a world free from Crohn’s and Colitis tomorrow which will only be achieved through fundraising.

The charity aims to support and empower people to actively manage their conditions, as well as early and accurate diagnosis for all, that will lead to high quality, sustainable clinical care across the UK by 2022.

Sarah Sleet, chief executive at Crohn’s & Colitis UK said: “Annie is an exceptional person that dedicates so much of her time to help those affected by Crohn’s or Colitis by supporting the charity’s work.

“Her tireless fundraising efforts throughout the year ensure people understand the impact of these conditions by raising awareness, tackling stigma and build funds so we can continue to support everyone who needs our help.

“I am sure this ball will be another success and we can’t thank her enough for her support.”