26 October, 2016
Colostomy Day took place on Saturday 1 October 2016 and was hugely successful. We would like to say a special thank you to everyone who took part.
Colostomy Day is a national awareness day on Saturday 1st October to help tackle some of the issues faced by people in the UK who live with a stoma.
Across the UK people either made some noise or stayed silent and helped to fight the poo taboo. In Orkney, Lloyd Wainwright spoke on BBC Radio Orkney and ran an information stand in a local pharmacy, Louise Skelding made and sold awareness raising bracelets, Caroline Emeny and Ian Jackson protested in Norwich City Centre, Caroline Bramwell held a swimming session in Sidmouth, Jackie Robinsson did a photoshoot, Shell Lawes and the Sheppy Ostomy group organised a swimming session, Moira Hammond spoke to the Stoke Sentinal and Jersey Ostomy Society held a cake sale.
Meanwhile companies in the stoma industry also did their part: Welland had a cap competition and took part in the Warrior Run, Convatec organised walks for awareness, Securicare and Clinimed had a fancy dress day…
In the office, staff and volunteers dressed up in loud clothing and manned a stand outside Enterprise House to raise awareness among the general public.
Across social media we used the hashtag #colostomyday to make some noise. We tweeted myths and shared statistics from our 2016 quality of life survey as well as retweeting your photos and stories.
Thank you again everyone for making this year’s Colostomy Day such a huge success we look forward to raising even more awareness on Saturday 7th October 2017.