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Corin Ridout

2019 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]Having previously ran, rode and swam for charities who funded my place, I have now been lucky enough to secure a ballot place so whilst the charities I have supported in the past are amazing they are also well known, it’s now time to support a charity close to my heart and help provide support for sufferers of Cluster Headaches and raise awareness of this rare condition.[/p][p]OUCH (UK) exists to:[/p][p]Provide support for sufferers of cluster headaches and their families.[/p][p]Increase public awareness of the condition.[/p][p]Work to improve understanding of the condition, its prevalence and its effects[/p][p]Liaise with the medical profession to improve diagnosis and treatment.[/p][p]Provide information and access to cluster headache sufferers to those engaged in research into the causes, treatments and cure for the condition.[/p][p]Produce its own database based on the experience of sufferers.[/p][p]Maintain a website as a source of information and a contact area for those affected, and produce similar literature for those without internet access.[/p][p][b]Cluster headache[/b] (CH) always involves pain that is one sided (although it can switch sides) and the main defining feature is the association with one or more of the 'cranial autonomic' features normally described as follows:[/p][p]Reddening and tearing of the eye[/p][p]A runny or blocked nostril[/p][p]Droopy eyelid[/p][p]Constriction of the pupil[/p][p]Flushing and facial sweating[/p][p]Although possible, it is very unusual for any of these not to occur in cluster headache. These features tend to come and go with each attack, however, some sufferers may continue to experience the constricted pupil and/or a droopy eyelid, especially after frequent attacks.[/p][p]In most sufferers the headaches often start at the same time of year and at the same time during the day or night. The pain involved is excruciating and is probably one of the most painful conditions known to humans. Female sufferers have described each attack as being more painful than childbirth.[/p][p]As few as 0.2% (two in a thousand) of the population suffer from CH, approximately the same number as for multiple sclerosis in the UK. Men are more likely to suffer than women, with an estimated male to female ratio of between 2.7 to 1, although this ratio appears to be steadily declining. CH can begin at any age, but most sufferers are more likely to start suffering in their 30s or 40s.[/p][p]Cluster Headache Terminology[/p][p]It is extremely useful for everyone involved to understand the three standard terms used in CH: the cluster headache (or attack), the cluster bout (or period) and the period of remission.[/p][p]A cluster attack is an individual episode of pain that can last from a few minutes to some hours.[/p][p]A cluster bout refers to the time period where a number of attacks re-occur, usually lasting some weeks or months.[/p][p]A remission is the pain-free period between two cluster bouts[/p][p]The disease occurs in one of two types: episodic or chronic. Episodic, the commonest form, means the attacks occur over a period of weeks or months and they then go away for several weeks or months, but they will come back again; CH is lifelong and at present incurable. Chronic CH, which occurs in approximately 12% of sufferers means that the sufferer has daily attacks over a period of at least twelve months with a painfree remission of four weeks or less in that period. Some chronic sufferers have gone 25 years with little or no remission[/p]

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Apr 29, 2019

Darren Frost

So proud your a legend mate

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Drew and Lucy

You’ve got this Corin xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019


Good luck ! So proud of you xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

Michelle Paterson

Run as if the wasps were after you! 😂😉 best of luck, love Chris, Michelle and boys xxx


Apr 27, 2019


Great cause (I'm a friend of Mandy Bushaway) - run like the wind. Esther & Darren Tomlin x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019


Good luck and thank you xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

Claire and Andy

Good luck mate!!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

Audrey and Sidney

Have a great race Uncle Corin! Love Audrey and Sidney xoxo


Apr 27, 2019

Marc Wheeler

Good luck