Charity of the month for April is Endometriosis UK, nominated by Nicola Simpson, and it was Nicola who handed over the cheque for £651 to the charity’s NW Regional Development Officer, Clair Scrimshaw.
Said Nicola: “I nominated them because I suffer from the condition which has no known cure and can be very painful and debilitating.
“I was diagnosed four years ago, but that was after two years, many visits to four different hospitals and many invasive procedures which could all have been avoided if I had been diagnosed properly at the start.
“I’ve had a lot of problems getting pregnant because of the condition. It can be excruciating and affects both my personal life and my employment. Any help we can give the charity and through them to other women would be greatly appreciated,” she said.
Endometriosis is a condition which only affects women. It is a condition where cells like those in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body, building up and breaking down on a monthly cycle.
It is a chronic and debilitating condition for which there is no known cure, though some treatments can make the symptoms more manageable.
Receiving the cheque Clair said: “We can’t thank you enough for your generosity in making this donation. It will be a great boost to our task of helping women affected by the condition and making it better known, even among doctors.
“Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women in the UK – about the same as diabetes – but no-one has ever heard of it. Even many doctors mis-diagnose the symptoms when women present themselves with chronic symptoms.
“Your donation will be used to promote our free support services, designed to help ladies who are suffering from the condition and to increase awareness.
“It’s really great to have someone supporting us and helping us to spread the word,” she added.