Welcome to the Red Lion Group

The Red Lion Group is a UK pouch support charity
We were founded in 1994 by a group of patients and staff at St. Mark's Hospital in London.
Having a pouch can have its ups and downs, but we hope that by sharing the stories of people with pouches and providing support and information, this website will help you if you have, or are considering having, an ileo-anal pouch.
Join the Red Lion Group to receive a newsletter two or three times a year containing useful advice and support. Every year in late spring we hold an Information Day consisting of seminars and workshops covering a range of topics of interest to pouch owners and those considering having the operation.
Information Day Talks
Sue Clark, Ellie Bradshaw, Evi Kyriakidou and Bhavisha Shah gave some fascinating talks at our Information Day on 15 May 2015.


Our 2017 Information Day took place on Saturday 13 May at St. Mark's Hospital, Harrow.

The event was a great success attended by 54 people (excluding Committee members and Presenters).

Recordings of the presentations will soon be available to view on the web site. 


Information Day 2018 will take place at St. Marks Hospiltal Saturday 12 May 2018

For further information please contact

Susan Burrows
Membership secretary

Download the programme for 2017 information day.


Please download a PDF membership application form to join the Red Lion Group.


Share your experiences of having a pouch or seek support in our online pouch forum.


Visit our YouTube channel to learn all about pouches.