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Student gives something back to M.E. charity
Cornwall College Camborne student Suzi Biddle held a fundraising event on campus recently to raise money for the charity 'Action for M.E.' and raise awareness about the condition that affects around 250,000 people in the UK every year.
May is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) awareness month and as someone who has suffered from this debilitating condition for the best part of the last decade, Suzi decided to raise awareness by holding a raffle, tombola, cake sale and sponsored fancy dress at the College. Raffle prizes were kindly donated by businesses in the local area and include a massage voucher, hairdressing voucher, Tesco vouchers and a two-course meal for two at the Hotel Victoria. More donations are still coming in but the total stands at over £250.
Suzi wants to make people aware of the condition, of which symptoms include feeling extremely tired or exhausted, which is very different from ordinary tiredness. Simple tasks can leave sufferers feeling shattered and struggling to function. Suzi said: "I was bedridden for nearly eight years and it's only in the last year that I've started to get better and been able to return to college to study Complementary Therapy. The support I've been able to receive since starting my course is great, I'm able to study part-time which makes it a lot more manageable. I also received a lot of help from Action for M.E., which is an England-based charity, and I want to help them raise more money to carry on their research."
Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College, said: "This is a great charity to raise money for and I'm glad Suzi's fellow students and staff members were involved and supportive on the day. Suzi has returned to study after a long period of illness and raising awareness of the condition within the College is a great opportunity for other students to learn about a misunderstood condition."
For more information about M.E. please see www.actionforme.org.uk