Covid 19 – Important information from BDRF

Grant holders

We recognise that the ongoing Covid 19 outbreak is placing unprecedented strain on NHS resources and personnel. In view of this, we fully understand if your BDRF study needs to be suspended for as long as necessary until the crisis is dealt with.

We do anticipate being able to pay invoices as normal, so please advise finance departments to continue submitting these for outstanding costs to [email protected]

We also acknowledge that the disruption caused in the next few months will mean many projects might need a no-cost extension. Our default position will be to grant these – please contact us in due course with revised dates, again at [email protected]

Grant Applications

All our new applications for grants will be temporarily suspended until further notice. We will update this website with further news as the situation develops.

Medical professionals

The President of ACPGBI, Miss Nicola Fearnhead, has issued guidance for colorectal surgeons and trainees on rising to the challenges of Covid 19: ACPGBI Guidance

The AIS channel have created a page with courses, resources & news for surgeons dealing with Covid 19 cases. Visit the page

A new research collaborative – CovidSurg – has been launched as a platform for exploring the impacts of Covid 19 on surgical patients. Over 1,300 sites have already signed up from nearly 100 countries. Active studies are:

  • CovidSurg: an international cohort study, aiming to assess the outcomes of surgery in patients diagnosed with COVID-19
  • CovidSurg-Cancer: an international cohort study assessing the safety of surgery for cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the pandemic in cancer treatment pathways.
  • CovidSurg Resource Survey: assessing the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on surgical services, particularly elective surgery cancellation and emergency surgery management.
  • CovidSurg Workforce Survey: to determine the impact of COVID-19 on surgical workforce sickness, protection and task management.

Find out more & sign up here


We know patients affected by IBD and bowel cancer will have heightened concerns at this time.

We would advise anyone seeking information to go to the NHS page relating to coronavirus. The government have announced that patients at the highest risk will be contacted with specific advice by no later than March 29th. If you think you might be in this group, you should not contact your GP or healthcare team but instead wait to be contacted.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK have released guidance for patients with IBD.

Cancer Research UK have released guidance for patients with cancer.


We continue to rely on the amazing generosity of our supporters and fundraisers. While many of our projects are being suspended to deal with coronavirus, we need you more than ever both now and in the months and years ahead – and so will people affected by bowel disease.

Although lots of events have been cancelled, people are finding all sorts of inventive ways to raise money and stop social distancing coming between us! From virtual 3 peaks challenges with stairs and step counters, to solo marathon runners, you can find an ingenious way to support our work – or create your own and let us know!

We continue to receive donations through all the usual channels. Your support will make a huge difference at this time whether it’s via our website, Facebook fundraisers, Justgiving or CAF.

Thank you

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