A local group raising money for auto-immune diseases has marked its third year of charity challenges.
Charlotte’s Fundraiser was set up by Crohn’s and Colitis sufferer Charlotte Messenger in 2013 to help fund equipment and examinations at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
But the team have seen their efforts move from strength to strength, and have just finished their third annual skydive and a Yorkshire Three Peaks hike.
The cash goes towards non-invasive endoscopy examinations for children, consisting of pill-type capsules containing tiny cameras, which, when swallowed, can help doctors diagnose and keep tabs on auto-immune conditions.
Child protection worker Charlotte, 27, was diagnosed with both conditions aged 21 while at university and has now been in remission for four years.
She makes regular visits to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for infusion treatments to help her immune system.
And although unable to take on the challenges herself due to her health, Charlotte organises teams for the annual fundraisers.
She said: “This year we had 20 team members doing the three highest peaks in Yorkshire in 12 hours and three girls did the 15,000ft skydive.”
Undertaking the adrenaline-fuelled jump were friends Melanie Robinson, Sarah Midgley and Sheridan Lees.
Next on the list for Charlotte is the charity’s Masquerade Ball in aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK in October at Bertie’s in Elland, which will be attended by Paralympic weight lifter Ali Jawaad, who also has Crohn’s.
“I originally set up the charity because I felt there were no local support groups for people with Crohn’s and Colitis”, Charlotte said.
“The more awareness there is, the more the government will fund research and treatments.”
For tickets to the Masquerade Ball, visit: www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/charlottes-ball .