Lewis has been a patron for HOPEHIV for the past 7 years, throughout his career he has given all that he can to help raise awareness and funding. Now retired, Lewis’s partnership with the charity has grown dramatically.
"Having visited some of HOPEHIV’s street children projects in Kenya, I was struck with the reality of the stark contrast between our lives and the poverty and challenges these kids face every day. It was a reality I hadn’t prepared for but one that has stuck with me ever since.
I played rugby with some of the street children of Nairobi and reality for them is frightening. It is more important than ever for these children to be given that chance in life – a future of HOPE. Finding food and shelter for survival, avoiding abuse and exploitation, battling against illness and disease and getting an ID document so that they officially exist are just a few of the things that we can help make possible.
This is why I am proud to work with the charity HOPEHIV, as a long standing patron for the past 7 years I am passionate about doing what I can to help. In February 2013 I will be taking on the YUKON Artic Ultra, a 300 mile trek across some of the most brutal conditions in the world.”
Crohn's and Colitis UK aims to improve life for everyone affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), the most common forms being Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Together these conditions affect about 250,000 people in the United Kingdom. Lewis Moody was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2005. To add to his many physical injuries, Lewis is now throwing himself into the fight to help others living with IBD, through working with the charity to bring people together of all ages who have been diagnosed with IBD, their families and the health professionals involved in their care.
“It’s a pain in the arse,” Lewis admits, “because if it strikes when you’re young and fit, you’re too embarrassed to talk about it; you just don’t know what’s hit you. Sportsmen are used to coping with all sorts of injuries, but the pain, feeling knackered all the time, and the humiliation of not always being able to control your bowels is terrible. Until it hit me, I’d have probably been one of the guys making toilet jokes about it … but it’s no joke.”
“I’d urge anyone to tell someone and get help, if they think they’ve got it. My life was so much easier when I finally told my mates on and off the team – I only wish I’d done it earlier. Get to know the enemy, get information, talk about it – and then take control – it’s your body, and your life.”