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Emily on to a charity winner

Posted onPosted on 17th Sep

A caring Mansfield teenager is continuing her challenge to raise £3,000 for a charity that is close to her heart.

Emily Plant, Miss Mansfield Outstanding Teen 2019, is helping Coeliac UK — and her latest fundraiser is a Ladies’ Day-themed Race Night.

The event, also being staged by Miss Mansfield and Sherwood Forest, is at the One Call Stadium, Mansfield, on Saturday, 5th October, and will also raise money for Dementia UK.

Tickets, priced £20 to include Prosecco and a buffet, are available by calling Emily on 07595 020844 or Amy on 07989 578175.

Emily, 15, (pictured) said: “This charity is important to me because I have Coeliac Disease and know how hard it can be to live with.

“After two years of feeling constantly ill and having many hospital tests I was finally diagnosed with coeliac disease. Four years later I still battle with the disease everyday.

“Coeliac UK helps people like me live with Coeliac Disease. They campaign, research, raise awareness and support people with the condition”

Coeliac Disease causes many symptoms, including muscle wasting, poor appetite, lethargy, mood swings and emotional distress. It can also lead to osteoporosis, anaemia, gut cancer and many other complications.

Emily, a student at the Brunts Academy, added: “Eating out is a big part of (having) Coeliac Disease because you have to avoid so many foods, including bread, cake, biscuits and food containing gluten. This makes eating out very awkward.

“People think Coeliac Disease is an allergy but it’s not, it’s an auto-immune disease that affects one in 100 people in the UK with approximately 500,000 yet to be diagnosed.

“I have set (myself) a goal to raise £3,000, which will go towards monthly magazines, phone apps, new gluten free food, research and support.”

People can support by Emily by donating at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmilyPlant

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