We are always inspired by those with M.E. who help make our work possible. Action for M.E. supporter Rachel Ephgrave’s M.E. marathon wasn’t a marathon at all – it didn’t even include running.
But that doesn’t mean that, for Rachel, it didn’t take as much or even more effort. Unable to join her friend when she took part in the 100km Race to the Stones event, Rachel was determined to take action to raise money, and came up with her own challenge: walking to a lamp post near her house 100 times.
“To those who run marathons, do triathlons, climb mountains and cycle vast distances, this may seem a trivial undertaking,” she said. “I can assure you it is not. To achieve this I needed to pace my energy carefully, ensuring that I reserved sufficient for the essentials, namely caring for my children.”
Rachel completed her challenge over seven months and raised more than £2,000 for Action for M.E. Due to her health some of her walks had to be done in two parts to allow her time to rest. We think Rachel is a marvel, and her strength is an inspiration.
This campaign celebrates people like Rachel. Whatever challenge you take on to raise awareness or vital funds for us, we want the world to know how important it is. Email or call our fundraising team on 0117 937 6626, or say hello on Twitter using the #myMEmarathon hashtag.
Even simple things, like putting out a collection tin, will help us make a vital difference to the lives of the thousands of people each year who contact us looking for information and support. We have collection tins, posters and leaflets we can send out free of charge. Is there a local shop, library or a GP surgery near you that might take some materials to help raise awareness of M.E.?
Do what works for you. If you have your own idea to raise funds and help highlight the reality of M.E., please get in touch.
Email or call our fundraising team on 0117 937 6626, or say hello on Twitter using the #myMEmarathon hashtag. Our fundraising team will be happy to support you all the way.