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Lottie Duke

Lottie's Bath Half

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi All, Thanks for visiting my page; I hope I can convert your visit into some sponsorship, to a) give me a boost to complete this challenge (as it's going to be tough!) and most important b) to support a cause close to my heart! [/p][p]So let me tell you a little bit about why I'm doing this Half Marathon and who your sponsorship will help...[/p][p](or if you don't have time to read on...I'm running for Sightsavers and 13.1 miles is further than I've ever run before. It's going to be hell, so please sponsor me!!)[/p][p]Some of you may have been lucky enough to meet my Dad, others sadly may not, as he passed away in 2006. Either way I'm running for a cause that my Dad spent his life working on. I'm just doing my bit to prologue his lifetimes work and help to prevent unnecessary blindness. The charity I'm running for is Sightsavers. [/p][p]My Dad was a Doctor of Tropical medicine (everyone at school thought he was a Witch doctor, but I can assure you he wasn't!) and his vision was to eradicate the disease River Blindness, commonly found in Sub Saharan Africa and Central America, that results in loss of sight. [/p][p]You all know how easy it is to get bitten by a fly on a hot sunny day down by a stream? Well imagine if every day is hot and sunny, and the stream is where you go each morning to fetch water. The biting flies here are relentless and carry a terrible parasite - This is how River blindness starts. [/p][p]A small black fly bites you and deposits parasitic larvae under your skin. When the larvae hatch they live in your body slowly growing into worms that migrate to the eye causing damage to the optical tissue and ultimately blindness. As the adult worms die off they release a mix of chemicals triggering a violent reaction to your immune system causing uncontrollable itching and terrible skin inflammation making life miserable.[/p][p]The terrible effects of the disease not only affect the person bitten but whole families and communities are shaken. Roles are reversed and young children are often seen guiding and caring for their blind parents; childhoods cruelly stolen.[/p][p]For years scientists, like my Dad, worked alongside pharmaceutical companies to develop a cure. Eventually they found one and River Blindness has become a disease that can be eradicated. In order to prevent the disease communities need only take a course of pills that kill the parasite. All that is stopping the total eradication is the need for money. Money to supply and administer the drugs. [/p][p]If you can sponsor me to complete this half marathon, your Money will go towards preventing thousands of people losing their sight and my Dad's vision of eradicating the disease becomes one step closer! With the help of Sightsavers transmission of the disease has already been stopped in several African regions, your help is now needed to finish the job.[/p][p]Please help if you can, any donation is welcome... £1, £3, £10...whatever you can spare. No amount is too small to help![/p][p]Thanks,[/p][p]Lottie x[/p][p][/p][p]The smallprint...Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. [/p]

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Mar 6, 2014


Very happy to contribute to such a good cause - well done

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Mar 3, 2014


well skill

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 3, 2014


£200.00 plus £50.00 Gift Aid

Mar 2, 2014


Go Team!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 2, 2014


Good luck Lottie!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 2, 2014

Charlotte Dennison

Brilliant cause.....Good Luck! x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Feb 28, 2014


Good Luck Lottie! We know you can do it. Lots of love x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Feb 28, 2014

Iain George

Forget the jetlag Lottie, it's all in the mind! I'm sure the support will carry you through. Best wishes for a great run.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 23, 2014

John and Pam Jarvis

Very best of luck Lottie! Xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 18, 2014

Frank Richards, The Carter Center

Your father was a gentleman and a scholar and it was my great pleasure to know and learn from him. We are carrying on the battle he so nobly advanced. Enjoy your run!