Crohn’s sufferer calls on students to dress in purple

A Journalism student who suffers from Crohn’s Disease is urging others at De Montfort University to get into the spirit of #PurpleFriday today to help spread awareness of the condition.

Chloe Hewitt found out during the summer that she suffers from the Inflammatory Bowel Disease and is now supporting the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK.


More than 300,000 people in the UK suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease, with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis the two most common conditions that fall under that umbrella.

“Despite how common these illnesses are they are still largely unknown,” said Chloe, who is in the second year of her Journalism Degree course at DMU’s Leicester Centre for Journalism.

“Before July 2016 I knew about Crohn’s but did not have a lot of understanding about it – that was until I was diagnosed with it myself and learnt just how serious this illness actually is.”

Chloe is promoting awareness of the conditions and is hoping to end the stigma that surrounds them as part of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week, which began on December 1.

Today, Crohn’s and Colitis UK is encouraging people to wear purple in support of sufferers as part of #PurpleFriday and to make a small donation if they can.

To learn more about Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the different conditions, visit which has also has information packs to help sufferers with aspects of daily life, including how to deal with Crohn’s and Colitis while living as a student.

To make a donation text CCAW22 £(and whatever amount you wish to donate) or you can donate by going online to

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