Pembs women to walk miles for ME
2:50pm Friday 9th May 2014 in News
NERVOUS BUT DETERMINED: Sharon Price, pictured wearing blue for ME awareness day, is setting off on a 5km sponsored walk this Sunday.
Two Pembrokeshire women are pulling on their walking boots this tomorrow (Sunday, May 11th) to raise funds for, and awareness of, ME.
At the start of ME awareness week 62-year-old Gwyneth Hopkins will set off on a seven day walk across Pembrokeshire to raise money for ME Research UK.
Gwyneth suffered with ME for five years; she credits complementary therapies for her recovery in 2003.
The St Ishmaels grandmother will set off on a 125 mile round trip from Haverfordwest.
Since 2006 Gwyneth has walked over 750 miles, carrying a pack on her back and camping on route, to raise money for charity and awareness of ME.
“When asked why I do it I say because I can and it's a joy to feel well and be out in nature again after spending years in bed,” she said.
“If I can help inspire ME sufferers at the same time, that's great.”
Also on Sunday Haverfordwest language teacher Sharon Price will set off on a five kilometre sponsored walk around Dinas Head.
Sharon has had ME since 1991. And two years ago was desperately ill.
“Since a change of medication I have gradually started to feel better” she said.
“At the moment I am in a good patch and find myself able to do things I haven't done for two decades. I am nervous but determined. I hope I can do it”
The funds Sharon raises from her walk will go to WAMES, a charity which supports those with ME and CFS and campaigns for better services for them.
To find out mora about Gwyneth’s walk and to sponsor her visit http://www.gwynhopkins.co.uk. To sponsor Sharon go to www.charitychoice.co.uk/fundraiser/sharonpricewameswalk/wames-walk/2696 .
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