Lydia Stringer

Lydia Stringer

Lydia's London Marathon fundraising page

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hello there!!I can't actually believe I've signed myself up for the London Marathon! I am delighted to have gained a charity place for The PSP Association. Grab yourself a cuppa and continue reading below to see why I have decided to do this. [/p][p]So firstly a little background....[/p][p]2 years ago I noticed my mom didn’t quite seem herself. She had a few falls, had difficulty with her balance, her handwriting had drastically changed and she just seemed distant. My super organised mom was forgetting things or getting the information wrong. I asked my Mom if we could go to the doctors just so we could see if anything was wrong and to rule anything horrid out the picture. Little did I know this would take us to where we are now.[/p][p]After various different scans, several appointments, and trips to the hospitals we were given the diagnosis in January 2017. It started with the words nobody wants to hear 'Sadly there is nothing we can do, your mom has PSP'. My head whirred and I instantly started crying. How could this be happening to my beautiful Mom? My kind, generous, sweet mom. The woman that would do anything for anyone, has consistently put others before herself, has always been the glue to our family. To be told there is nothing you can do to change the outcome of a person you have loved your whole life is deeply upsetting.[/p][p]We had never heard of PSP and I am sure many of you reading this now won’t have heard of it. We left the doctor armed with different leaflets, booklets and brochures on what PSP is, what we can expect and how to make life easier for mom.[/p][p]So what is PSP? It stands for progressive supranuclear palsy. In short it is a rare terminal degenerative brain disease.[/p][p]Progressive – it steadily worsens over time[/p][p]Supranuclear – it damages the nuclei that control eye movements[/p][p]Palsy – it causes weakness.[/p][p]The cause is unknown and there is no treatment or cure for this condition. Symptoms include backward falls, problems with vision, balance, movement, speech and swallowing.[/p][p]So why am I doing this? I am doing this to raise awareness of PSP. My mom’s diagnosis really opened my eyes to just how many diseases are out there. If they are less common it doesn't mean they should be taken any less seriously, and neither should the charities that support them. This is why I am running for The PSP Association. It is a wonderful national charity that provides support and information to people living with PSP and CBD, while funding research into treatments and ultimately a cure. They rely entirely on voluntary donations.They exist so families don't feel alone whilst going through PSP. They provide a helpline number, email address, website, forums and support groups all over the country. I am doing this in the hope that one day there will be a cure for this, and that other people won’t have to suffer this frightening disease.[/p][p]However ultimately I am doing this for my mom. Like I said earlier this diagnosis has really opened my eyes to everything we take for granted. Things such as getting out of bed, talking on the phone, walking upstairs, getting in and out of cars, eating dinner, driving, running are all simple tasks which we do without thinking. For my mom these are a daily struggle. I have no excuse not to give this marathon my best shot! My mom has never moaned about her diagnosis, instead remained positive and has never lost her lovely smile. My dad has transformed into a real life superhero. He has constantly tried to keep upbeat (even though at times I know he is struggling) and make us all laugh even through the darkest of times. The way he looks after my mom is heart-warming, and I know it's what will get me through these gruelling 26 miles! This diagnosis has had a massive impact on the family, our life and certainly my perspective. I’ve realised more than ever just how precious time is.[/p][p]So in short this is for you mom and dad. Thank you for being the most wonderful parents a girl can ask for. Thank you for showing me life goes on no matter what and to face whatever is thrown your way. You have given me the courage and confidence to do this![/p][p]Thank you to my family, my boyfriend and my friends for the support you have given me, particularly in the last few months which have been especially difficult at times. You have no idea how much it means and I will be thinking of each and every one of you whilst doing this.[/p][p]Please donate if you can, any donation is much appreciated. I have set myself a nice big target and I would be chuffed if I can reach it! I am not a runner, I don't even really like running, but this is challenge, just like my mom's diagnosis is for her and the rest of the family. This will probably be one of the hardest things I'll ever do, but I'll be dammed if I don't cross that finish line (even if I am crawling at that point)If my mom can wake up every day with a smile on her face, then I can complete my goal of finishing this race. I am scared, excited and nervous all rolled into one. I know there will be times I am tired, I'll hate training, I won't want to run and when the day itself comes I'll be terrified. But my mom is my inspiration and I won't let her down! See you at the finish line! Thank you for your time in reading this, please feel free to come and watch on the day!! Love Lydia xx[/p]
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Supporters


May 24, 2018

Virgin Money Giving

Thanks for having fun with us at the Expo Fundraising Lounge. We hope you had a great marathon.

£5.00


Apr 30, 2018

Kevin IT

Well done Lydia, What a woman you are.

£6.00

plus £1.50 Gift Aid


Apr 24, 2018

CHERYL AND GRAEME BEECH

Congratulations Lydia !! You made it to the end with your poorly knee...amazing ......your family must be very proud !! Well done girlie xxxx

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 24, 2018

Suzie Stone

Well done Lydia! X


Apr 22, 2018

Michael

Well done on raising so much Lydia! Looking forward to hearing how your race went!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Apr 22, 2018

Anonymous

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 22, 2018

Lili

GO PONY GO I love you so much!!!

£15.00


Apr 22, 2018

Anonymous

Good luck Lydia... xx

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Apr 22, 2018

Sarah Cousins

Good luck today Lydia, we will be thinking of you. Your lovely Mum will be so proud of you. Sarah and Paul Cousins xxx

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 22, 2018

Julie and Joey

Julie and Joey here! We’re both amazed with what you’re doing and wish you all the luck in the world. You’re going to run just like Forest Gump!I wish I could watch you cross the finish line!! What an amazing thing to do for such a good cause! Love you!x

£15.00

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