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    Weʼve raised £804 to Help Alethia see the world again

    Funded on Friday, 16th August 2019

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    Hi, My name is Monika and I have been one of not many lucky ones to get a place in London Marathon through ballot. I am not a marathon runner, but one of my dreams has been to run a marathon - London one. And I want to use this opportunity as well to help raise funds for Team Alethia.

    Below is Alethia's story...

    Alethia is my friend's daughter. She is a delightful, engaging and intelligent ten year old, living in Donington, Lincolnshire, together with her mum, sister and brother.

    Last April (2018) something started to go very wrong, and she was in dreadful pain all over her body. Then she started to lose the ability to use her limbs, only to regain the use a short time later. For example, one day it was like she'd forgotten completely how to use and knife and fork and would need to be fed, only for the full use of her hands to return the following day.

    The doctors were confused, ran all the tests they could, but they couldn't diagnose her illness. All they have been able to do is give her painkillers for her pain.

    Since January the symptoms of her illness seem to have stabilised, but this is not great news...

    Alethia has lost all use of her muscles throughout her body. She is fully alert, able to see and speak, but she has to be put into position and propped up on cushions. She can't even move her head. She also has short seizures every few minutes, so cannot be left alone, and is no longer able to tolerate noise, so often has to wear noise-cancelling headphones.

    Alethia now lives in the family's living room with her mum by her side most of the time. Emilia, her mum, gave up her job so that she can care for her 24/7.

    Alethia is blessed with a loving family and, despite this illness, she is still finding some joy in seeing her friends and their dogs (she is a MASSIVE dog fan!). Unfortunately she hasn't been able to leave her home for weeks either for pleasure or for the essential hospital appointments that are crucial to her ongoing treatment. (The NHS cannot afford to fund a non-emergency ambulance to take her to hospital.)

    This is Alethia with her puppy, Toby.

    Alethia desperately needs so many things to make life easier, and her family are doing their best to provide what they can. Her immediate need is for a car seat that is capable of holding her entire body completely still. These styles of seats are expensive, have to be fully customised and she needs to go to the manufacturer to be measured and fitted. This means that her family also need to hire a private ambulance to take her there.

    She also needs special wheelchair which can support her neck, plus many items that can help her move around the house more easily and comfortably.

    Alethia is such an adorable child, such a gentle spirit, and it would make her life so much easier if she can get out of the house again. She's far too young to understand how ill she is, and we all want to give her a better quality of life and full access to all the hospital appointments so that she can be healed as soon as possible.

    Please help Alethia to see the world again. Every donation, no matter how big or small, we are truly grateful for.

    Alethia's birthday is on 25th April and what a wonderful gift for her it would be if she can come to London and see me crossing the finish line! (Her dream is to run a London Marathon one day as well!)

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    • Monika Todd5 months ago
      Monika Todd

      Monika Todd

      5 months ago

      Omg! I did it! And finished in under 5h (4:54:43) 😁 What an amazing experience, great crowds (they do deserve a medal!) and perfect weather. It was hard, especially the last 10km but it was sooooo worth it! Now let’s help Alethia to make her dream come true of running London Marathon one day (the earliest she will be allowed it will be 2026 as that’s when she turns 18, but it just means plenty of time to train)

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    • Monika Todd5 months ago
      Monika Todd

      Monika Todd

      5 months ago

      One more sleep before big race! I am super excited (Yes, I know that sounds crazy!)

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    • Monika Todd5 months ago
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      Monika Todd

      5 months ago

      The marathon training has been going very well despite not very appealing weather outside! Plenty of 40-60min runs plus few long ones to add to the mix (including 15mile run and 19 mile run). Today I run a bit different run - in the woods! (Bourne 10km). It was challenging but rewarding to climb few hills and push myself for my new PB (53:46!!!). Now I have two weeks till marathon, will continue training this week, and take it easy next week. :-)

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 14, 2019

      This is donation from The Bull Pub friends & customers. Thank you!

      £145.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 14, 2019

      Well done so far!

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 5, 2019

      Keep going. You will get there. And good luck in the next race. X

    • PaulinaZ

      PaulinaZ

      May 1, 2019

      Congrats on London Marathon!! x

      £30.00

    • Janet Dickson

      Janet Dickson

      Apr 28, 2019

      Well done Monika. Amazing job. X

      £20.00

    • Kasia Kukiel

      Kasia Kukiel

      Apr 28, 2019

      Gratuluję Monika! Well done girl👏

      £10.00

    • Jade Hawkins

      Jade Hawkins

      Apr 28, 2019

      £5.00

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