May 12, 2017
Our very special fundraiser of the week for M.E. Awareness Week is eight-year-old Yasmin, who is the youngest team leader to have taken part in Walk with M.E.
Natalie Heron, one of the event's organisers, said: "We’re super proud to have Yasmin on board: aged just 8 years old, she is our youngest team leader, and she’s doing brilliantly in raising awareness and funds for Action for M.E.
"It’s taken several years of medical appointments before Yasmin got the correct diagnosis of M.E. in November 2016. Although her family have been touched by the understanding and acceptance of her illness from families and her young friends, there’s still a lot of upset and frustration by the lack of understanding others can have about this disability.
"Yasmin’s mum Kate has highlighted how Yasmin can seem fine one minute but then she’s exhausted with numerous symptoms the next, including headaches, stomach aches, blurred vision, difficulty thinking, walking, dressing or even feeding herself.
"Supported by Alder Hay, Yasmin is now on a plan which is really helping her. She’s attending school on a reduced timetable and is now able to manage short walks. Yasmin is keen to raise money and awareness of M.E. with the support of her family, including her big sister, by completing the challenge of one million steps in 100 days."
The steps needed each day to achieve this would be too much for many people with M.E., so Yasmin and other Walk with M.E. participants have been recruiting team members, to help out and donate their steps to achieve their target.
"Yasmin has gradually built up her steps and, with the support of her team, has raised £130 for Action for M.E.," continues Natalie. "She told her teacher about the challenge and, yesterday, completed a lap of the playground with her classmates to obtain the last lot of steps needed to complete it."
If you’d like to join us in congratulating Yasmin and her team with a donation, you can visit her JustGiving page.