My target of £2020 by 2020 has been reached 4 years early!!! At the start of this year, I thought £500 by 2017 was an ambitious target. Yet the overwhelming generosity and support from my wonderful family and friends made it an easy target to achieve. A huge heartfelt thank you to everyone. You have brought me so much hope and joy at a time when I felt so hopeless.
Since January I am happy to say that my health has slowly improved. As the months have gone by I have gradually managed to do more and more and am now at a point where I can walk a couple of miles, can manage to cook meals and can enjoy time with friends. The time I spend resting has gradually decreased and I am now able to have days out going places like the beach! I have recently started the momentous task of getting back to work, beginning with an hour’s concentration a week. It’s a long road yet but I feel that I’ve finally learned how to manage this illness and regain some control over my life.
So what’s next? Well, let’s see just what we can achieve! I am exceedingly fortunate that my health is improving, but there are thousands out there who are not so lucky, who are still terribly poorly with an illness with no cure, that is unpredictable, and that is so little understood. So the fundraising marathon continues. I am determined to do what I can to help find that magic cure so that one day, no one has to live with the horribleness that is ME.
I have been overwhelmed by the lovely wishes, messages and generous donations that I have received. They have brightened these difficult days of being so ill, and have brought a smile to my face. It’s lovely to feel that people care and to know that at the same time we’re helping ME Research find that much-needed cure. A huge thank you to everybody – you’re all wonderful!
In under a fortnight I have managed to raise what I thought would take a year. Spurred on by this success I have a new goal – to raise £2020 by the year 2020.
Hi, I’m Charlotte,
I’ve had M.E. for over 6 years. In other words, there hasn’t been a single day for 6 years where I’ve woken up and felt well. This Christmas I had a nasty relapse, leaving me shaking, exhausted and unable to do much more than lie on the floor; I still have no idea how long I will be this poorly. The worst of it is that there is no cure for M.E. The doctors are powerless to do anything to make me better. I’ve spent a lot of time feeling so helpless, feeling that this illness has had nothing but a negative impact on my life. It has stopped me doing the things I love and has made daily life a struggle. But now the time has come to do something positive about this illness. My life, along with the life of so many ME sufferers could be given hope if a cure or a treatment could be found.
New year; new start. My new year’s resolution is to raise £500 for ME research by 2017.
I have many plans in the making about how to raise funds – watch this space!
I would be hugely grateful if you could help me too. One of the problems with ME is that I have very little energy to achieve things. Many people say they wish they had a magic wand to make me better. Unfortunately, letters from Hogwarts are proving elusive, but at least now there is something you can do. Would you consider doing a sponsored event, a bake sale… anything to help me?
You can also donate by text with the code MECM77 and an amount of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.
03.06.16 Bake and plant sale at St Mary's Church, Masham by my mum, who put a super-human effort into baking so many cupcakes!
12.02.16 Borrel (Dutch snacks and drinks) at Leiden University Observatory by my fabulous boyfriend, Mike.
25.01.16 Bake sale for Masham School staff and governors by my wonderful mum and sister
22.01.16 Bake sale at Zaenker & Kollegen by the lovely Hannah Miles
18.01.16 Bake sale at Fountains Abbey
13.01.16 Today I’m starting my first fundraising event: a week’s sponsored ‘don’t overdo it’ (from the 13th January to the 20th January).
When I relapse I very quickly get frustrated with lying on the floor and the temptation is always to overdo it, but that just results in my quickly becoming weak, dizzy and exhausted and of course only makes the relapse last longer. So today I’m starting a week’s sponsored ‘don’t overdo it’. Each day I shall post an update of what I’ve managed to do, without overdoing it of course!
I would be hugely grateful if you would consider sponsoring me for this week.