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Alice Carter

Virgin Money London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I'm going to be running the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon for Action for ME in memory of my Best Friend, Katie[/p][p][br][/p][p]I was fortunate enough to have met my very best friend, Katie, at 3 months old at our mummy and baby group, where we would apparently gargle at each other from our car seats and ignore everyone else in the room. During our time at high school, Katie was diagnosed with M.E (also known as chronic fatigue syndrome). Katie suffered throughout high school and Sixth Form, frequently having to miss out on days (and often weeks) at school, as well as events outside of school. Despite all of this, she always had the ‘Katie Smile’ and would brighten up any room she went in to. Association for Young People with M.E (now Action for ME) provided support to Katie and her family throughout this time, helping her accept her diagnosis and learn coping mechanisms for living with the disease. In 2015 Katie suddenly passed away, changing lots of our lives.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Although Katie's death was unrelated to her M.E diagnosis, the charity helped her lots throughout her life. Ever since, family and friends have taken part in fundraising (or as they say; FUNdraising) activities, doing at least one activity per year. These events have previously included Christmas Day dips in the North Sea, and 5k colour runs. Having always been known as the ‘odd’ one when it comes to ideas for fun activities (although many of these ideas can also be blamed on Katie, think camping holidays to Mablethorpe), I have been harbouring a dream to run the London Marathon and being able to do it in memory of Katie would only make it much more FUN! I tried to convince Katie’s dad, Colin, to step up his running efforts and join me, but he said he preferred the less physical challenge of the fundraising! I guess we can let him off for that one but be prepared for him to do lots of his own crazy fundraisers whilst I do my training runs.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Although Katie is no longer with us, many children, teenagers and adults are dealing with an M.E diagnosis. This can be especially difficult for young adults, missing out on key events both in school and socially. Being able to support a charity that helps individuals like Katie cope with their diagnosis and make plans for their future is a very humbling opportunity. Katie had a bright future ahead of her, with a graduate job lined up for when she finished her degree, and there is no doubt that AYME helped her achieve her ambitions to move forwards with her life.[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Share Alice's story



Mummy Duck

From the tiny little baby in a special care baby unit, to the strong, determind and resilient young woman you've become. If anyone can do this Alice, you can! Such a proud Mummy : ) Love you to the moon and back xx

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid


Emma Osborne

Go smash it. I’m so proud of you lovely and admire you for taking on the challenge.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid



Go for it Alice, well done and enjoy the day Craig, Leanne and the boys x



Liz Rose

Go Alice! Thanks for sharing Katie's story! She sounds fun and lovely. Good luck xxx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid



Can I come?

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid



Good luck!!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid


Jacqui and Paul

Good luck Alice! We’ll be cheering you on all the way (from my sofa).

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Nellie Carter-Jones

Woof Woof

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid


Grace and Matt

Good luck Alice - we'll be cheering you on from the sidelines! Katie would be extremely proud of you and is no doubt going to be watching down with her tasseled pom-poms (some may call them birthday present wrapping decorations!) and a special song!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Nan & Grandad

Go for it Alice we are sure you can do it