We are delighted to announce that the benefiting charity for the 2024 lunch will be Endometriosis UK.
Endometriosis (pronounced en- doh – mee – tree – oh – sis) is the name given to the condition where cells similar to the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body.
Each month these cells react in the same way to those in the womb, building up and then breaking down and bleeding. Unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape.
In the UK, around 1.5 million women and those assigned female at birth are currently living with the condition, regardless of race or ethnicity. Endometriosis can affect you from puberty to menopause, although the impact may be felt for life.
Our lunch in April will raise vital funds to ensure that Endometriosis UK can continue to grow their support services in Scotland. They will recruit and train additional volunteers to deliver support groups and ensure they can reach more people and areas. Support groups meet both in person and online to ensure greater accessibility. Through their support groups they deliver trusted, accurate information and crucial link to their wider services, including helpline and webchat for women in Scotland with endometriosis, as well as their partners, family and friends. All their trained volunteers are women with lived experience of endometriosis and groups build a strong community of women through peer-to-peer support. This impactful approach promotes and achieves reduced isolation and increased wellbeing.