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We would like to say a huge congratulations to our Ambassador Alex McLeish who was awarded an OBE for his services to charity and football by the Princess Royal at Windsor Castle.
Alex has been an amazing supporter of the Foundation and we are immensely proud that his incredible work and impact has been recognised


Now that the dust has settled on what might just be our most epic Red Hot Ball to date, we can share that we raised an incredible £218,344! We have no words to describe how grateful we are for the generosity of the Catherine McEwan Foundation Family.💜
Your support means the world to us and will help us continue to make the lives of those living with IBD in Scotland better.


The Red Hot Auction is now LIVE! And what an incredible selection of lots we have for you lovely people including, TAYLOR SWIFT tickets, limited edition Whisky, overnight stays, VIP festival experiences, Scottish Cup Final tickets and a whole lot more!

Head over to our auction site to check out all the items and place your bids >

Every penny raised from our auction will help people living with Crohn’s & Colitis in Scotland. #allinforcrohnsandcolitis

🌟 The William McEwan Charity of the Year! 🌟
Throughout this year, we will be supporting the incredible work carried out by the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity Neurology Department whose dedication and expertise have touched the lives of countless children and families, including the inspiring story of Zak Forbes.
Zak Forbes is a 6-year-old boy who fell very ill with bacterial meningitis in October 2022. On October 13th, he had a seizure which then led to him being ventilated and in need of emergency brain surgery at Glasgow Children’s Hospital. His parents were told that he had a life-threatening infection on his brain and needed this surgery immediately to save his life.
He was operated on by neurosurgeon Mr. Raju Sangra, who performed a decompressive craniotomy, where his skull was removed and put into his abdomen to keep it sterile and to reduce the swelling on his brain.
When he came off his ventilator 5 days later, it was found that Zak had bilateral hearing loss due to meningitis and would need another emergency surgery to have cochlear implants fitted. After further antibiotic treatment, Zak was operated on by neurosurgeon Mr. Roddy O’Kane who replaced his bone flap.
Zak had almost 6 months of rehabilitation when he left the hospital at home, learning to walk and to talk again and getting used to his new way of hearing with his cochlear implants.
Thanks to the expertise of neurosurgeons like Mr. Raju Sangra and Mr. Roddy O’Kane, Zak not only survived but is now thriving back at school, enjoying life to the fullest.
His story highlights the importance of the specialised care provided by the Neurology Department, from life-saving surgeries to ongoing rehabilitation and support for children and their families.
We are honoured to support the incredible work of the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity for the next 12 months.


Today, Derek, the founder of the Catherine McEwan Foundation, was presented with a cheque for an incredible £4447 from Martin Roseweir and Paul Maxwell of our corporate partner, Bill Gosling Outsourcing UK.
This marks the third consecutive year that Bill Gosling Outsourcing has selected our foundation as their charity partner.
We would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff at Bill Gosling Outsourcing for their phenomenal fundraising efforts over the last year.


Over the festive period, we asked you to vote for your favourite name for our super cute Foundation bear! The votes are in and we have a clear winner, the Catherine McEwan Foundation bear has been named Mac. 💜
This gorgeous wee chap is available to purchase via >
All proceeds will help us to continue to support IBD patients and their families in Scotland. #allinforcrohsnandcolitis #ibdfighters


A Christmas menu that is not only delicious (we had the pleasure of sampling it and it is ) but also IBD friendly and CD (Crohn’s Diet) Treat compatible.

The menu was created by Dr. Vaios Svolos and Lead Dietitian Elaine Buchanan to give IBD patients the opportunity to enjoy a tasty Christmas dinner without having to deal with any nasty side effects. The good news is this menu can be recreated easily with basic cooking skills and ingredients from any supermarket.