We would like to thank the Lincombe Manor Care Centre, the staff , residents and their families who organised a fun event for FMA UK and raised £200 to help us to continue our work.
Holly Bishop, the initiator of the event, who lives with fibromyalgia said: ‘’We played guess that member of staff by displaying baby photos of them, guess the amount of sweets in the jar, did raffles and ate delicious cupcakes made by the residents. Winners were rewarded with hampers full of Easter chocolate and Smellies.
Many people who attended had never heard of fibromyalgia so I managed to spread the word and hopefully made people understand how debilitating it is’’.
We say well done to Holly and to everyone who helped make this event a success.
We would like to thank St Andrew’s Parish Centre in Springfield in Wigan for organising breakfast coffee morning in aid of FMA UK and raising £200 to help us to continue our work.
Jean Moss, one of the organisers, told us that the morning has been very successful, with the church having on offer, as usual, some delicious food for breakfast: various toasties, cheese & ham, cheese, ham, crumpets, toasted tea cakes, slices of toast or fruit loaf with jam, as well as chocolate tombola, hand crafted cards and a raffle. It sounds delicious and we are sharing some photos from the event.
On the 16th April Gregg Morrish, Will Ayling and Simon Stannard will walk from Winchester to Eastborne to raise funds for Fibromyalgia Action UK, while Tony Pritchard will raise funds for the RNLI. They have already raised almost £1,000. Gregg told us: ‘’I have decided to trek for this charity because it supports people suffering from fibromyalgia, just like my friend Hayley Graham. I’m doing this walk for her as currently there is no cure for fibromyalgia’’.
Hayley said: ‘’I am, along with thousands of other people, a fibromyalgia sufferer. Fibromyalgia can affect anybody at any age, although between the age of 30 and 50 is most common and women seem to suffer eight times more than men. It is a debilitating condition with excruciating pain throughout the body. It is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause is still unknown. 6 years ago I was a primary school teacher running around the playground during PE lessons, swimming 40/50 lengths at the swimming pool 3 times a week before going to work. Now my day consists of a cocktail of medicine including morphine to help me get through the day.
Chris is one of the lucky people to win a place at the Virgin London marathon on the 24th April this year – congratulations to Chris! Chris decided to run it in support of FMA UK and he told us why: ‘’At the age of 57, the London Marathon was one of those bucket list things we watch on the television, thinking one day I would like to give it a go. Places are hard to get but I thought:’’Go for it!’’. To my surprise I got a place.
Reality set in, so the training started, then bang, injury hit and I thought well maybe another year. The New Year arrived and I thought I'd try running again. A few aches and pains but doing ok. Then bang again, not me but my daughter. She had just been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, something I knew little about, however what I do know is the pain and fatigue don't compare. Feeling helpless, as a dad, I wanted to help so I have chosen to run on behalf of a charity not as high profile as many others but with an equal commitment to help and support all fibromyalgia sufferers. This run is for you and my daughter Holly.
Yasmin Laughlin has organised together with her sister, Amina Tufft, a successful fundraising Quiz night in Newport. Yasmin said: ‘’Our charity event was a success - we raised £1228 in total on the night to be split between FMA UK and MS Society. We are so happy with the result! That works out as £614 per charity. At the night we had some brilliant auction prizes and raffles as well as other games.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia earlier this year. I have been struggling but I'm starting to understand it more now. Many people are not aware of the condition at all so I organised a fundraiser to raise money for FMA UK and raise awareness. A family member of mine is a sufferer of MS. So me and my sister have decided to hold a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for both conditions’’.
We say thank you very much to Yasmine and Amina, well done! :-)