Tom Whittingham


ME Research UK
ME Research UK commissions and funds biomedical research into myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Our aim is to find the causes of the disease; develop effective treatments and ultimately find a cure. We also provide high quality information on all aspects of the illness to a wide range of audiences.
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Tom Whittingham - London Marathon 2017

Tom Whittingham

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Time to take M.E. seriously

My sister Naomi has suffered from M.E. for over 27 years, after becoming ill in 1990.  The illness has robbed Naomi of her health from the age of 12, taking away from her opportunities that so many of us take for granted: going to secondary school, learning to drive, going to university, getting a job, buying a home, starting a family and many more.

M.E. is a misunderstood illness which affects around 250,000 people in the UK (roughly 1 in 250).  It is still unknown as to what causes it, though research shows that the brain and immune system are affected.  There is no known cure.  M.E. has a devastating impact on both the sufferer, but also on their family.  I was 8 years old when Naomi became ill, and have had to watch my big sister endure the most excruciating pain and suffering, for many years.  I have always felt so helpless, and wish I could do more to help Naomi, and others in the same situation.

I am now an ambassador for ME Research UK, and am running the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April 2017, to raise funds for research, and also much-needed awareness about M.E.  It would mean a great deal to me if you could support my campaign by sponsoring me, and also by sharing my posts and videos via social media.  Raising awareness is also vital, so your support will be hugely appreciated.

I will keep on running, and fighting for the cause.  Hopefully, one day soon, a cure can be found for this terrible illness.

ME Research UK fund scientific (biomedical) investigation into the causes, consequences and treatment of M.E.  More information about ME can be found via this link:

Recent donors

18.06.17 Money raised for LBG jewellery raffle.

18.05.17 On behalf of the LBG raffle.

12.05.17 Thank you for helping everyone like your sister and myself and other sufferers. Congrats on finishing the marathon, hope you weren't in too much pain after.


03.05.17 well done Tom aka Marathon Man

02.05.17 Sorry this is so late! Congrats on a fantastic run. Suzy, Alison, Matthew & Sophie xxx

01.05.17 well done Tom!

28.04.17 Well done Tom, great cause. love from the McLauchlins xx

26.04.17 Well Done Tom


25.04.17 Well Done Tom. Your an inspiration.

24.04.17 Well done Tom!


24.04.17 Hope it went well.

23.04.17 Thankyou Tom for the constant hard work you do campaigning, fundraising and bringing much needed awareness to such a misunderstood and devastating Disease,not only for your sister but the rest of us suffering out of site! Naomi is so lucky to have you!!x

23.04.17 Good luck Tom.

23.04.17 Have a good race, enjoy it & stay safe! Herm & I will be thinking of you every step of the way! Good luck Tom! Love from us both! XX

22.04.17 Have a great race Whitters, enjoy it best you can. Your an inspiration xx

22.04.17 Good luck Tom!! Great cause

22.04.17 Good Luck Tom...your journey so far for this personal and worthwhile cause has been truly amazing! I am full of admiration for you.

22.04.17 Good luck tomorrow Tom. All that hard work will pay off, and when you cross that finish line, it'll be the best feeling ever!

22.04.17 Good luck Tom.

22.04.17 Go smash it whitters! X

22.04.17 After months of cold and dark 5am training sessions, the day is almost here. Well done for your enormous efforts and for your dedication to the cause. All the best. With love from a very proud Mum

22.04.17 Enjoy the run Tom, cheering you on from Devon!!


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