More than 40 years of experience
Core was founded as the Digestive Disorders Foundation in 1971. Our name reflects how important the digestive system is for good health – it is at the core of the body. We support research, provide information and raise awareness for all diseases of the gut, liver and pancreas.
What is gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology looks at issues related to the digestive system. It includes not only the whole length of the gut, from swallowing to excretion, but also two important organs, the pancreas and liver, and the ducts through which their secretions enter the intestine.
Why research is important
We need to understand more about the conditions that impact the digestive system so that we can improve the lives of people who have them and work towards curing them. Through Core’s support for a wide range of research, from the lab to the lived experience, we are able to have a real impact on people today.
Core’s contribution to research
In the past decade we have committed more than £5m to supporting research into gastrointestinal conditions and their impact on people. We are a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and all of our supported work is independently assessed to ensure it meets the high standards required.
Without your help Core could not continue to save lives. Digestive diseases are not considered ‘sexy’ and nor do we receive any support from the government. It is only through the fantastic support we receive from donors that we can carry on informing patients, raising awareness and funding important research.
Where the money goes
We receive no government money and work hard to make sure that as much of your donation as possible goes to support our work. Our primary focus is funding important research. We also provide information free to patients and deliver campaigns and events that raise awareness of digestive health.
Doing it for my Dad
I decided to raise money in memory of my father by running for Core. He was a gastroentrologist, passionate about advancing research into digestive disorders. I was overwhelmed by all the support I received. This inspired me to keep going in the blazing sunshine. The Core team were brilliant, emailing me throughout training and cheering us on the day.