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Team Melissa's fundraising page

3 team members

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

Team story

[p][br][/p][p]Myself and my cousin along with her partner have signed up to cycle from London to Amsterdam in June for MS Trust.My daughter Melissa was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis almost 6 years ago at age of 12. She was one of only 2 children in Northern Ireland being treated by RVH Children’s hospital for MS at the time. [/p][p][br][/p][p]The first 18 months were horrendous with 6 relapses. Symptoms including limping, trailing her leg, falling, broken foot, vision problems, numbness in face and mouth, numerous infections, constant headaches and daily fatigue. [/p][p][br][/p][p]12 months ago Melissa suffered an acute relapse, and deteriorated over 8 weeks to the point where she could not cut her food, was unable to walk or stand unaided, was using a wheelchair and was ultimately admitted to hospital for 3 weeks for intense physio and steroids. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Since diagnosis Melissa has missed over 350 days of school, had to repeat year 11 and was unable to sit any GCSE exams because of Multiple Sclerosis. Melissa is on her 3rd disease modifying drug as the first was ineffective at keeping relapses at bay and the second had an increased risk of brain damage or death. The third treatment is successful at keeping her well at the minute and she is currently at college studying Travel and Tourism. To date we, along with friends and family, have raised over £18,000 for MS Charities by holding coffee mornings, taking part in a Zip Wire across Lagan, Belfast Marathon Relay team, Fright Night, Abseil, held pamper evenings, Hawaiian themed evening, had a Big Breakfast and Car Wash and a Firewalk. We are proactive in raising awareness and fundraising. I am Vice Chair of MS Society NI Council and volunteer regularly at fundraising events, participate at family and carers events and campaign at Stormont for better services and access to treatments for sufferers.Melissa and my wife Theresa are keen to increase awareness of this invisible condition and have spoken on BBC Radio Ulster, Radio Foyle about what is like being diagnoesd with a critical illness a such a young age. Melissa and I have appeared in local newspapers, Mourne Observer, Down recorder and have been interviewed by national paper The Sun online alsoMelissa wants a cure by the time she is 35. We can't take this awful disease away from Melissa – but we can Fundraise and raise awareness.[/p][p][br][/p][p]FACTS ABOUT MSMS is one of the most common disabling neurological conditions in the UK.[/p][p][br][/p][p]There are 4,500 people in NI with MS.NI has the second highest incidence of MS (per head of population) in the world.Women are twice as likely to develop MS.MS stays with the person for life.There is no cure.[/p][p][br][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

10 Jun 2018



Jun 14, 2018



£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 12, 2018


Teresa Greene Basil and Heather Denvir Catriona Duggan Ursula Fitzsimmons

£110.00 plus £27.50 Gift Aid

Jun 11, 2018

Ros Duncan

Well done to you all!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 11, 2018

Kev and Trace xx

Well done Theresa on completing the cycle of all cycles. It was an absolute pleasure spending those days traveling through some gorgeous places and having such a laugh along the way, you and the rest of the magnificent seven made the experience so special

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 10, 2018


Jun 10, 2018


Great challenge for a great cause. Fair play Susan, Emma and co!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 10, 2018


You deserve every penny you have raised Theresa!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 6, 2018

Maria Cogley

Good luck Theresa! Will be following your progress. Behind you all the way! Xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 5, 2018


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 5, 2018


Best of luck Theresa!! A really brilliant effort for a fantastic cause!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Theresa Leavy

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