17,100

people need stoma surgery each year.

Many of these people, at some point feel that the are ‘different’ or lack self-esteem, lack motivation, feel sad for no apparent reason, feel disgusted with themselves. These people do not know how to deal with what has happened to them pre-surgery.

Purple Wings is Here to Help

Recover, Adapt & Overcome

The vision of the charity is to help ostomates regain confidence through our Time for Me Grants. This is a tailor made service and is very much based on a relationship built between the person applying for the grant and all of us here at the charity. It might be that a person really needs some ‘me’ time by relaxing at a spa, going on a shopping trip and attending a photo shoot for example.

Sometimes the service can provide outings for families and couples as we all know how hard it can be on the people around us at a time of illness. The charity has sent people for meals with loved ones to ensure that ‘us’ time is catered for. We have also sent families for days out. Whatever it is we do for you, it really based on your individual needs and proving that you really can ‘live’ not just ‘exist’.

“I have a stoma and suffered a long, horrid IBD journey previous to this. I still have bad days but my ‘Time for me grant’ really helped me to focus on my family – just what I should be doing! It was lovely to have some time together at our mini family break. Thank you PW!”

Kelly EmeryGrantee

“Cannot believe it!! I was surprised by the lovely Lauren who works for the purple wings charity!! Not only have we been treated to an absolutely gorgeous room for the night (plus an upgrade) I’ve also been blessed with a £100 lingerie voucher to boost my confidence! And Simon managed to keep all this a surprise. Thank you Purple Wings for all that you do!!! What a wonderful charity!!”

Zoe JutsumGrantee
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