Tom Whittingham, running for his sister and ME Research UK
Tom ran the Edinburgh marathon on May 31st as a personal challenge and a way to raise awareness and funds for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis research. Why did he do this? In his own words,
“My sister Naomi has suffered from ME for over 25 years, since the age of 12. She has had to endure many years of intense suffering, confined to the same four walls at home, relying on 24-hour care. Alongside the suffering, she has been deprived of so many things we all take for granted in our lives; going to school, university, getting a job, socialising with friends, starting a family, and so much more.” (Just Giving)
Tom put out a powerful awareness video that touched the hearts of thousands who watched it. And his fundraiser was a huge success. He also completed the marathon with a great finishing time. From Naomi on Twitter: “Tom did brilliantly! He finished in just under 3.5 hrs. Fundraising total currently at nearly £7k.”
We’re thrilled for Tom, for Naomi, and for ME Research UK! Congratulations to everyone involved in making this fundraiser such a great success.