WHEN Dan Clark was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, he had no idea how much it would affect his life.
Now, the 28-year-old is organising a dawn-to-dusk cricket match to raise awareness and to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK.
Dan, who plays for Bedhampton Mariners Cricket Club, was diagnosed with the disease when he was living in Australia seven years ago.
He later spent three weeks in hospital and nearly had to have a colostomy bag fitted.
He said having the disease has a big impact on his life.
‘You have got to manage what you eat and drink and take tablets on a daily basis,’ he said.
‘I’m well at the moment and I have been for the past three years because I have been taking tablets.
‘But it is horrible. People think it’s just a sort of stomach ache but it’s a lot more than that.
‘It’s cramps and pains as frequently as every 10 minutes.
‘You can’t live your life. I couldn’t work for six months.
‘I know that at some point in my life I will have to have an operation and have a colostomy bag fitted.’
Dan was inspired to organised the cricket match after friend Ross Basketter, 25, was diagnosed with colitis.
He also plays for the cricket club but was forced to give up playing because of his illness.
Dan added: ‘I wanted to raise a bit of awareness because nobody knows what Crohn’s and colitis is.
‘People are becoming more aware of it.
‘People of a younger age are getting it.
‘But watching my friend who couldn’t play cricket because he was so unwell and having a bag at the age of 25, I thought let’s try and raise some money and try and find a cure to support people who are going through tough times.’
The cricket match takes place on Monday, August 25, from 7am until 8pm.
The team will play five games against five different opposition.
The match will be played at the cricket club in Bidmury Mead, Bedhampton.
Local companies including J Edwards Funeral Directors, Tender Cut Butchers and Asquith Nurseries have sponsored the event by offering prizes which will be up for grabs at an auction and raffle.
Dan is hoping to raise at least £3,000.
To make a donation please visit justgiving.com/Dusk-Till-Dawn-Cricket.