A TOBERMORE student has helped raise a total of £2,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis UK through a charity football match.
Andrew Mulholland, who is 21-years-old and a student at Queen’s University, Belfast, was diagnosed with Crohn’s when he was aged 15 and a student at Sperrin Integrated College in Magherafelt.
However, Andrew refused to let the symptoms rule his life and recently decided to channel his efforts into helping others.
The fundraising match between Magherafelt Olympic and a team known as Colitis and Crohn’s Select and took place at Mill-Park last Wednesday and the total amont of money raised now stands at £2,000, including donations of £200 from Magherafelt District Council and £200 from Tobermore Business Development Ltd.
Andrew who was a deputy head boy earned an A and two Bs in his A Levels, testament to his commitment to his studies and his ability to not let the illness get the better of him.
Andrew is currently studying for a degree in Business and Information Technology at Queen’s and has been living independently in Belfast for the past four years.
After his most recent flare-up, which resulted in Andrew attending A&E, he decided it was time to start fundraising.
“I’m lucky because I have my family, but many people don’t have anyone to rely on to take them to hospital if they get ill,” he said.
If anyone wants to make a donation to this worthy cause, they can do so via www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Mulholland1/.
Crohn’s and Colitis UK aims to improve life for everyone affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the most common forms being Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Together these conditions affect around 250,000 people in the UK. The charity brings together people of all ages who have been diagnosed, their families and the health professionals involved in their care.
Visit the website for more information on the illness - www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/content/home.asp