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Fundraiser of the week - Melanie Claxton

August 16, 2019

Our fundraiser of the week is Melanie who is currently completing the Lands end to John O’ Groats cycle challenge. This route is the furthest possible distance in the British Isles and is a classic challenge taken on by many keen cyclists.

Melanie is completing this challenge in honour of her older brother Simon who had M.E. When speaking about her reasons for choosing our charity she tells us:

“I have chosen to fundraise for Action for M.E. as my brother Simon developed M.E. at 22 – “just a virus” the doctor said, but he never fully got back on his feet from it.

“Not much seemed to be known about it then and I seem to remember it being called ‘yuppie flu’. Simon did his best to always carry on but was fatigued and spaced out for much of the time. Very sadly, he passed away in March from a stroke aged just 55.

“Recently during a visit to the doctor I was told how little was still known about M.E. and it would be many years before they would have a cure. Anything I can do to help speed up the process so that others do not need to suffer as Simon did will be amazing.”

We’d like to thank Melanie for dedicating her fundraising efforts to supporting research into M.E. in order to increase understanding towards the condition. Thanks to the commitment from fundraisers like Melanie we are able to sponsor PhDs researching M.E./CFS and support people affected by M.E./CFS in the UK. If you would like to support Melanie you can visit her Just Giving page.