County Hall in Preston city centre was turned purple throughout the evenings this weekend.Advertisement
It joined landmarks across the world in marking World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day.
From Friday (18 May) to Sunday (20 May) evening the building was bathed in purple light by Lancashire County Council.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of Crohn’s disease and Colitis, which affect more than 4,600 across Lancashire.
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Cabinet member for health and wellbeing county councillor Shaun Turner said: “People often refer to Crohn’s and Colitis together as inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
“Purple is the official world-wide IBD colour, which is why we’ll be lighting County Hall up purple on the day.
“IBD is something people don’t like to talk about, but symptoms can affect people at work and in other areas of their lives.
“Symptoms can include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, tiredness, lack of appetite and weight loss.
“Many people with the conditions are not affected by IBD all the time, there may be flare-ups that affect them more at certain times.
“There is no cure, but the conditions can be controlled by medication. It’s important we help to make more people aware of the diseases so they can get the treatment they need.
“We also want to ensure employers do all they can to support staff who have IBD so they can continue to achieve their full potential.”
More information about the World IBD Day can be found on the campaign website.