Ellie Rushton, from Birmingham UK, recently raised an amazing £1000 for #MEAction UK, by doing 1000 bodyweight reps every day for 6 months! We are so thankful to Ellie for her determination to support #MEAction and people with ME.
Please, find below a few words from Ellie about her experience!
“When I started this fundraiser I had no idea whether or not it was going to work, so it feels wonderful to have raised £1000 for #MEAction UK. I’d like to thank everyone for their generous donations – from friends, family and strangers alike who all helped me to hit such a great (and fitting!) number.
Did I manage to do 1000 reps every single day? Not quite! But by setting that outrageous goal, I managed to push myself way further than I thought I would be able to as a healthy ally. I’m really proud of myself, and I’m now treating my muscles to a looooot of yoga.
The best thing about this experience was getting to connect with so many new people and talk to them about their experiences with ME. Before I started this I only really had the perspective of a couple of people, but now I have heard so many different stories and even been able to make a few blog posts out of them.
A really inspiring moment came when I asked online ‘What are the best gifts people with ME can give themselves’ and I got over a hundred responses! It was amazing to see all the different ways people with ME were able to take positive action on their situation, in small and large ways. I especially loved the answers which were all about how people can take care of themselves emotionally. It’s actually a list I think anyone could benefit from reading!
Almost as soon as this fundraiser finished, COVID-19 really started to affect the world, and I know this must be a scary time for anyone with a chronic health condition. So, I’d really like to take this moment to send love and spoons to everyone reading this, and I hope the money I raised contributes to a future of better healthcare for people with ME.”
Thank you so much, Ellie, for all your hard work and for your support!!