A Stanmore schoolgirl who played an “instrumental” part of a campaign which raised £100,000 for CICRA has been made an ambassador of the charity for her efforts.
Kelsy, who goes to Bentley Wood School in Stanmore, has been a major supporter of CICRA who aim to improve the lives of children who suffer with Crohn’s and colitis.
Speaking to StanmoreNews, CEO of CICRA, Nick Posford credited Kelsy describing her as a “courageous young girl”.
He said: “Kelsy is a young girl who is affected by the condition and has been influential in the adverts she has worked in. She is a very courageous young girl who has been keen to help raise the awareness of the condition which has been incredible.”
The campaign, created by Global’s Make Some Noise, saw Kelsy and other children who suffer with Crohn’s and colitis talk to global radio stations about their experiences living with the conditions.
The £100,000 was raised by public donations and was presented to Kelsy and Nick by Smooth radio presenter, Kate Garraway.
Speaking at the cheque reveal, Kelsy said: “It means a lot that other people have support that can help them with their condition like me.”
Veena Mohamed, Kelsy’s mum, spoke to CICRA about the effect ulcerative colitis has had on her daughter.
She said: “It’s never easy for Kelsy to adjust as it took until Year 6 to feel totally settled to deal with her illness at primary school, but we’ve been impressed with how her new secondary school have helped so far.
“Even when Kelsy is unwell, she is keen to go to school but knows better than anyone what she can and can’t do.”
Nick was blown away by the money raised and said it will fund a new project aiming to improve the support provided.
He explained: “It is an incredible amount of money raised and could be transformational for the children who we support. We are hugely grateful for any support we get but this is amazing.
“The number of young people with the condition has been increasing so this has enabled us to develop a two year project which will increase the support we provide families that are affected.”
Kelsy has been selected as an ambassador for CICRA fundraising and has been invited to be a guest speaker at a national conference for CICRA this November.
She has also been offered the opportunity to write editorials organised by the national magazine and the chief executive of CICRA.