Ex ME Sufferer Gwyn Hopkins is to walk 150 miles to raise money for charity ME Research UK.
“I suffered from ME. for 5 years, at first bed bound, then in a wheelchair. I made a complete recovery by the end of 2003. In June 2006 I backpacked across Wales 230 miles and raised money for ME Research UK.
ME Research UK is a charity funding biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (also known as ME/CFS) and related illnesses. Their principal aim is to commission and fund high-quality scientific (biomedical) investigation
Over the last few years I’ve walked over 870 miles for the charity. When asked why I do it, I say because I can and it’s a joy to feel well and be out in nature again after spending years in bed. This walk is special to me because it will mean I’ll have walked over 1,000 miles for charity since my recovery.
And if I can help or inspire ME sufferers at the same time, that’s great. I think ME sufferers are the forgotten people, often living between their own four walls with very little support or understanding. I was told I had very little hope of making a complete recovery and I want others to realise they should never give up. I made it thanks to Complementary Therapies and great family support.
I’m happy to talk to sufferers and their carers if they wish to contact me.
On June 10th 2015 I will start from Cardigan, head towards Lampeter, then up to Lake Bala and across to Llangollen. I will be mostly camping on route.
To donate to the charity, visit www.justgiving.com/GwynethHopkins
Or Text GHME88 then the amount (£1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or £10) to 70070