Sarah Sykes

Sarah Sykes

Bolton to Blackpool walk.


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I will be walking alongside Sarah McMurray, Jo Luettge, Grace Gettins, Nic Murphy, Jo Mills and Steve Henshaw from Bolton to Blackpool to support PoTS UK. [/p][p]We are fundraising following Lucy’s diagnosis of PoTS in April. [/p][p]Lucy’s PoTS journey began in November 2020 at the age of 12 when she started to feel extremely dizzy, light headed, headaches and complaining of chest pain and a racing heart. She was treated for vertigo by the GP and referred to a paediatrician. [/p][p]Whilst waiting for the appointment we presented at A&E numerous times with a heart rate of upto 190 bpm. She was checked over and told it was anxiety related. Lucy is the least anxious person I know and as her mum knew it wasn’t anxiety. [/p][p]The paediatrician was amazing and mentioned possible PoTS syndrome. Months passed and she had multiple tests on her heart all showing normal. [/p][p]Her health quickly deteriorated and she spent most days resting in bed with severe fatigue, dizziness, stomach pains, palpitations, very high heart rates on standing and generally feeling very unwell. [/p][p]Lucy now needs a wheelchair to leave the house due to high heart rates when standing up and the feeling she will pass out. [/p][p]She was unable to attend school during this time although her school, Thornleigh Salesian College have been extremely supportive in every way possible. [/p][p]In the end, after all the tests came back normal we were told to contact a PoTS specialist for further help. [/p][p]We are following the advice of the specialist and taking the medication prescribed and are feeling hopeful for Lucy’s future. Throughout all this Lucy has remained positive and tried her very best to return to some sort of normality. She is very strong willed and won’t let this beat her. [/p][p]Together we can spread more awareness of PoTS and as a family we are grateful to Sarah McMurray for arranging the sponsored walk from Bolton to Blackpool to raise money to help PoTS UK. [/p][p][br][/p][p]What is PoTS? [/p][p]Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) can be a life altering and debilitating health condition. Simply standing up can be a challenge for affected people as their body is unable to adjust to gravity. PoTS is due to an abnormal response by the autonomic (automatic) nervous system and is characterised by orthostatic intolerance (the development of symptoms when upright that are mostly relieved by lying down). Symptoms include palpitations, lightheadedness, fatigue, sweating, nausea, fainting and headaches, and are associated with a persistant increase in heart rate from the lying to upright position.[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

25 Jul 2021



Jul 28, 2021

Pam and Malc

Well done!


Jul 27, 2021

The Millsy family

Well done everyone.


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 27, 2021

Steve n Donnella

Very well done everyone great day Steve Donnella Ciaran n Kienna Money also donated by Lyn John and Margaret


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 25, 2021


Well done to you all - smashed it. From Vicky Glover & family x x x


plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Jul 25, 2021

Martin Norris


plus £2.62 Gift Aid

Jul 25, 2021


Good luck and best wishes on your Bolton to Blackpool walk.


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 25, 2021


Good luck auntie Sarah love ebony xxx

Jul 25, 2021

Kerry Latham

Good Luck to you all xx


Jul 25, 2021

Jenny Matthews

Best wishes with your fundraising and walk, you'll smash it! Love from the Matthews Family xxx


Jul 25, 2021

Janet Ottley

Good Luck today everyone from Mum (Janet Ottley) xx


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

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