Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is chronic inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract.
IBD primarily includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease and currently affects more than 300,000 people in the UK.
Both diseases usually involve severe diarrhea, extreme pain, fatigue and weight loss.
IBD can be debilitating and sometimes leads to life-threatening complications and there is no cure.
IBD is largely a hidden disease, and one that causes stigma, fear and isolation – it’s thought that many people with the condition go undiagnosed and suffer in silence.
IBD Pals will be a community based website for people suffering with the illness. A place for people with the disease to make new friendships, new relationships. A place where people can communicate with people who understand their everyday struggles.
Why does it matter?
I have Crohn's disease myself and although my symptoms are mild, I have been lucky enough to be able to get on with life. But this is not the case for thousands of people out there who suffer on a daily basis with very little support. There is also a large percentage of IBD sufferers who have ended up having life changing surgeries (Ileostomy in most cases) which can be extremely mentally and physically challenging. It also makes it very difficult for them to meet new people or start new relationships.
Why does it cost so much?
Due to the nature of the website , security and infrastructure is vital. The platform of choice has a one time licensing fee of £2400.00. The website will also be hosted using amazon servers and will have both Apple and Android apps.
Will it cost members to use the website?
Absolutely not. It will be FREE to use and always will be. The website will depend on donations and 1 single advert by G Adsense. We will also donate 50% to Crohn's Colitis UK should we raise more than the intended target.
By donating a £5 your name will be added to the website under our contributors list
By donating £10 your name will be added to the website under our patrons list
Breakdown of costs:
Enterprise platform price £2400.00
Design and build £0 – Done by me
Logo design £0 – Done by me
Cloud Hosting for 6 months £120
Press release and distribution £400
Crowdfunder fee £180 (6%)