Everything seems no longer how it used to be.  The world has been turned on its head by COVID-19.

Bowel Disease Research Foundation and Bowel & Cancer Research are coming to terms with a rapidly changing environment and having to adapt and respond where we can.

You may have seen that both charities agreed to merge last year and we are in full swing for implementing this as we speak – our new CEO Rebecca Porta started at the end of April and we are aiming to launch the new charity in the coming months.

For both charities, beneficiaries are a top priority. The people who benefit from the work our research aims to help and the people who run the projects themselves – patients and professionals.

First and foremost, our thoughts are with you and all who are providing key services at this very difficult time.

Many of our research projects have been put on hold as health professionals are called to deal with the crisis on the front line.

Routine treatments, operations and chemotherapy have been cancelled and many patients with bowel disease have been asked to self-isolate at home for extended periods of time.

We want to reassure you that we are doing all we can within the constraints of the pandemic to keep our charities operating and supporting patients and professionals in whichever way we can.

As with other charities and businesses, the future holds a great deal of uncertainty. Together we have strong foundations and aim to do all we can to navigate through this volatile period.

For those of you who are able to find a way to support people with bowel disease – including bowel cancer, Crohn’s, colitis and other bowel disorders we ask you to do what you can – your support is very much appreciated as always.

In the coming weeks we will be sharing posts, videos and thoughts from patients and professionals on the front line.

Today we begin with a message from Azmina, a BDRF Trustee and patient research champion extraordinaire about how she is coping with Life in Lockdown.

Also, we salute Lesley Booth, Patient and Public Involvement Lead at Bowel & Cancer Research, who recently completed a 2.6 Challenge at home raising £1,562 – well done Lesley! Read more about Lesley's challenge.

If you'd like to share your thoughts on Life in Lockdown, comment below or contact us - we'd love to hear from you.

Find out more about virtual challenges for Bowel & Cancer Research