Colostomy Day swim event to break ‘poo taboo’

Caroline Bramwell is hoping to help Sidmouth residents break 'the poo taboo' ahead of Colostomy Day.

Caroline Bramwell is hoping to help Sidmouth residents break 'the poo taboo' ahead of Colostomy Day. - Credit: Archant

Residents are being encouraged to break the ‘poo taboo’ ahead of Colostomy Day on October 1.

Triathlete Caroline Bramwell, from Ilfracombe, is hoping to highlight the challenges faced by people living with a stoma by running a swimming event in Sidmouth on Friday, September 30.

A stoma is an opening made on the side of the abdomen through which bodily waste can pass. Anyone who has undergone stoma surgery has to wear a ‘stoma bag’ to help collect bodily waste.

Caroline herself has a stoma after undergoing surgery for ulcerative colitis seven years ago.

The mother-of-two took up swimming two years ago and is now aiming to become an Ironman.


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She said: “I’ve met so many people with a stoma who have lost confidence in getting out on the beach or in a swimming pool. Having a stoma doesn’t need to stop you doing the things you enjoy, but I appreciate it does take time, that is why I am welcoming others to join me for a social get together.”

The event will begin at 9.45am at the Sidmouth Harbour Hotel pool.

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Anyone wishing to join in can email Caroline at caroline@ironostomy.co.uk

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