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Kayleigh Churchyard and fellow March Town Ladies players walking up Ben Nevis to combat Crohns Disease


By Pete Woodhouse


March Town Ladies player, Kayleigh Churchyard, was diagnosed with Crohns Disease (CD) in 2015.

Known as the 'invisible disease', it has many forms and ailments, including extreme fatigue, weight loss, diarrhea, hair loss, anxiety and severe abdominal pains.

Many sufferers have operations and medication cannot be used long term as the body becomes immune. Kayleigh has played for the Hares for four seasons and over 60 games, despite operations and months out of the game recovering from CD operations.

left to right) - Adele Munday, Chas Miller, Tori Sharpe, Kayleigh Churchyard, Claire Newton, Jade Pointer (not in photo Adele McCrory and Kirsty Pointer). (14462524)
left to right) - Adele Munday, Chas Miller, Tori Sharpe, Kayleigh Churchyard, Claire Newton, Jade Pointer (not in photo Adele McCrory and Kirsty Pointer). (14462524)

She thought it was a good idea, supported my her team mates, to increase awareness of CD and also help find a cure, by walking up Ben Nevis – not only a battle for her fitness but a battle to conquer her fear of heights.

Manager Gary Davis said: "We know how difficult it has been for Kayleigh but she has been a terrific player for us and never moans about her condition. It's wonderful that seven of her team mates are joining her to do this walk in September."

Kayleigh and her team mates have raised over more than £200 but would love to reach the target of £750.

Anyone who has experience of this disease who wants to support, or indeed anyone who would like to help Kayleigh, can do so by donating through the March Town Ladies Public Group Facebook page or Twitter account, or through Just Giving.

From left: Adele Munday, Chas Miller, Tori Sharpe, Kayleigh Churchyard, Claire Newton, Jade Pointer (not in photo Adele McCrory and Kirsty Pointer).



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