Kathy Tilbury, Managing Director of Excelsior Coaches in Bournemouth and some of the Excelsior Team, are taking part in the 10 mile Great South Run on Sunday 28th October 2012, for Rosie who is a local 14 year old girl suffering with ME.
Rosie is about to enter Year 10 at Priestlands School in Lymington and for the last two terms, she has been on part time school days due to her illness. She was diagnosed with ME (Myalgic encephalomyelitis) 4 years ago following a virus. This is a neurologic illness that leaves Rosie suffering from fatigue and muscle pain after minimal exhaustion. Rosie uses walking sticks when walking any distances and sometimes the fatigue symptoms of the illness are so bad she simply cannot get out of bed for long periods of time and enjoy a normal life that any teenager her age would.
Rosie has had to give up a number of pastimes she enjoys as a result of her illness including dancing and brownies but she was determined to continue her drumming lessons at Clive’s Easy Learn Rock School, which she still enjoys, managing to perform in concerts twice a year raising money for local charities.
Despite this, Rosie has a happy cheery nature and on better days Rosie enjoys spending time with her family and dog Fizz.
AYME the charity that help young sufferers have been very helpful to Rosie and her family over the years, giving advice on benefits, school and medical issues and being able to talk to other young sufferers on their message board.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure, so please dig deep and donate now to this fantastic cause http://www.justgiving.com/ExcelsiorCoaches.
For further information on AYME please visit their website http://www.ayme.org.uk/