Fund-raiser on a mission

Matthew Gough from Lowton is raising awareness and funds for Insterstitial Cystitis

Matthew Gough from Lowton is raising awareness and funds for Insterstitial Cystitis

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A YOUNG fund-raiser is hoping to spread the word and increase public knowledge of his incurable condition by selling wristbands.

Matthew Gough, from Lowton, is selling the popular rubber bands to raise awareness of Interstitial Cystitis (IC), with the proceeds being split between the Cob Foundation, a research-funding charity, and the Bladder and Bowel Foundation.

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) sport and exercise psychology student Matthew is also getting in the saddle to ride the 130 miles of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal for charity in June. Matthew, of Tarnway, is no stranger to charity fund-raising, having run from coast to coast last year, but says he still wants to raise money to fund more research into IC, which causes chronic inflammation of the bladder.

Matthew, 20, said: “I will not stop until I have spread the word significantly about IC and also improved treatment and eventually found a cure.

“Wristbands have been great for promoting other charities and it keeps awareness going after I’ve done my challenges.

“I want to give money to the Cob Foundation because it is more specific to my illness. There’s a long way to go but it researches better treatments and possibly eventually a cure.

“Other charities do great work helping you live with it but you have to look to the future.”

Matthew is currently undergoing monthly treatments for IC, which affects around 400,000 people in the UK, at the Hanover Centre in Leigh.

He is also preparing for the canal bike ride, when he will be accompanied by several family members, after last year’s exertions running the 140 miles from Cumbria to the North East attracted support from Leigh MP Andy Burnham.

The wristbands are £1, available by emailing Matthew at matthewgough13@gmail.com or through his Twitter account @MatthewGough8

For more information visit www.justgiving.com/ICWristbands