Wee Jenny Cook – fundraising for Crohns, Colitis and Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity

Catherine McEwan Foundation

I am really glad that I met Derek McEwan and his family.  Raising money and awareness for The Catherine McEwan Foundation means so much to me.  You can learn a bit more about what they do here.


Catherine McEwan

Catherine McEwan was brought up in Govanhill, Glasgow. At just 16, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Despite being frequently ill in the years that followed, Catherine was determined her family would lead as normal a life as possible and embraced every day fully. She lived for her two sons, Gary and Derek, who are a testament to her bravery, fighting spirit and positive attitude.

Her son Derek set up the Catherine McEwan Foundation in 2003 in memory of his mother, who died at the age of 38.

Our aim is simple – to try to make life a bit better for other people affected by Crohn’s and Colitis.

How they help

The money raised by the Catherine McEwan Foundation is split between two main causes – Crohn’s & Colitis UK, the national charity, and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill) in Glasgow. The Foundation is run by a small group of dedicated volunteers so there are no staffing costs. All the money we raise goes directly to supporting people living with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

To date we have raised over £400,000 through a series of events and sponsored activites. Our main fundraising event is The Red Hot Ball, which has become one of Glasgow’s biggest and most talked-about annual charity balls.

We also do sponsored runs, walks, parachute jumps, bungee jumps and a host of race nights to raise money for the foundation. We welcome support from anyone who would like to help us in our work  as a volunteer, by raising funds or donating.

Our work with Yorkhill

A diagnosis of Crohn’s or Colitis can be particularly hard for a young person, so 50% of the funds we raise go to Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow, helping improve the lives of young people in the West of Scotland and beyond.

Here’s how we’ve helped…


  • Inaugural Family Day at Glasgow Science Centre in August 2008
  • Education and Activity Day for teenagers and young people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at X-scape in Glasgow, February 2010.
  • NACC and Scottish Paediatric Gastroenterology Group Family Day at The Science Centre, June 2010.

Research and Training.

  • IBD nurse further training towards a Masters Degree.
  • IBD nurse attendance at educational meetings x2.
  • Support for study describing the outcome of treatment with nutrition treatment for children with Crohn’s disease. Study completed and published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2009.
  • Support for study in children who had a stroke complicating their IBD.
  • Study completed and published in Inflammatory Bowel Disease 2010.
  • Support for psychological impact in young people with IBD. Study completed and submitted for publication 2010.

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