Vintage tea party to help boy who takes 26 pills daily

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A local mum showed she has fundraising down to a ‘tea’ after helping to organise a

huge vintage tea party to raise awareness for her young son’s debilitating condition.

Nancy Stevens, from Woburn Sands, was devastated when her 11-year-old son Benjy was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a serious bowel condition that necessitates him taking up to 26 pills a day.

“Benjy lost his childhood overnight,” said Nancy. “He had to become a responsible young adult having to get to grips with missing huge chunks of school.

“He was often so fatigued he couldn’t get out of bed. His friends couldn’t understand why he was unable to come out, when externally, he looked perfectly well.

“This is an invisible illness and is often confused with IBS. There is no cure and none on the horizon. Benjy will have to take medication for the rest of his life and is in hospital every six weeks for a day for an infusion.”

Nancy joined the Milton Keynes and Bedford group for Crohn’s and Colitis to find out more about the condition. The group’s committee organised a vintage-style tea party to raise awareness locally, and 90 people turned up dressed in 1950s regalia.

You can find out more about the group on Facebook or on www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk ”