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£1,135raised of £1,000 target by 57 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,000 to the IBD Clinic and Colorectal Surgical Team at St James Hospital Leeds

Wakefield, United Kingdom

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At the age of 17 I was finally diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis after being ill two years prior. Christmas of 2016 was my first hospital admission for 2 weeks. I was put on steriods and an IV drip called Infliximab. However despite their best efforts my body ended up rejecting everything...

May 2017 the day after my 18th birthday I was admitted yet again, this time for a month. Yet again my body rejected the medications. On the 19th May I had a sub-total colectomy, leaving me with a stoma and an ileostomy bag. Only after surgery did they tell me how close I was to my bowel perforating and me not being here today. I quite literally owe them my life!

Now a few months on I am able to do more things than I could have ever imagined and done while being ill. This is why I want to fundraise for this hospital. So they have the best possibility to save as many other people as they can, with the best equipment available to them.

In a years time I have two more surgeries planned and I am staying with this hospital as all of the staff have been nothing but supportive and friendly, not only to me but to everyone they come across.

10k run - completed

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  • Melissa Empsall4 months ago
    Melissa Empsall

    Melissa Empsall

    4 months ago

    10k run complete!!! Thank you to those who have supported us, it means a lot. It’s all going to an amazing cause, and now me and Abbie are planning our next challenge coming up late this summer!! 💖

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  • Melissa Empsall5 months ago
    Melissa Empsall

    Melissa Empsall

    5 months ago

    After recovering from a small operation in January I have finally set a date to do my run!!! On the 23rd April I will be running 10k, thank you all for your kind donations and lets hope I can smash this £1000 target!

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  • Melissa Empsall6 months ago
    Melissa Empsall

    Melissa Empsall

    6 months ago

    Thank you for all the donations over Christmas, just currently preparing to run 7k

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9 months ago

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Page last updated on: 4/30/2018 9:44 PM



  • P Wood

    P Wood

    Apr 30, 2018

    Well done princess! X


  • Cash Donation - Uncle Mark & Rachel

    Cash Donation - Uncle Mark & Rachel

    Apr 29, 2018


  • Uncle Michael

    Uncle Michael

    Apr 24, 2018


  • Grandma & Grandad

    Grandma & Grandad

    Apr 24, 2018

    Congratulations Melissa, well done! xx


  • Gwynneth Lee

    Gwynneth Lee

    Apr 23, 2018

    Hi it's Richard's mum you have done really well your mum is so proud of you .I wish you all the best for the future xx


  • Hannah Casey

    Hannah Casey

    Apr 23, 2018

    Well done Melissa xxx


  • Cash Donation - Auntie Janet

    Cash Donation - Auntie Janet

    Apr 23, 2018


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Wakefield, United Kingdom

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