March 24, 2017
Our fundraiser of the week is Amelia Crawford, who is running the 2017 London Marathon and has already raised over £2,300 for us!
Her inspiration for taking on the 26-mile challenge is close to home. Amelia’s cousin William is one of the 250,000 men, women and children in the UK living with the chronic, neurological condition Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.). Seeing the impact of M.E. on William, who has been ill for 14 years, has motivated Amelia to run the 2017 London Marathon to raise money for the UK charity Action for M.E.
“It has taken over the majority of his young adult years,” says Amelia says of William’s life with M.E. “Where instead of facing the challenges most people his age face - what course to pick at university, what career they should go for – he has battled an illness that many people know little about.”
Amelia says this lack of understanding really showed her the need for greater awareness of M.E. “It’s is an ongoing condition and I know some of my peers do not understand what it is all about, simply because they have no connection to it,” she says. “Running the London Marathon for a cause I do have a close connection with will be incredibly rewarding, and highlight an illness so many people fight a daily battle with.
“I want people my age to understand that this is not someone making up an excuse, nor faking that they are so physically and mentally drained: this is really how they are.”
You can support Amelia via her JustGiving page.