Mum’s year of challenges to help find cure for Duchenne

Claire Elliott
Claire Elliott

A mum from Bedford is taking on a variety of challenges this year to raise money for vital research.

Claire Elliott, 40, decided on the fundraiser after a friend’s son was recently diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Claire, who will raise money for Harrison’s Fund, said: “I didn’t know anything about Duchenne prior to his diagnosis, but now after undertaking some research and seeing the terrible effect it is already having on him, I want to do all I can to help find a cure for this horrible and upsetting disease.

“I have given myself the enormous challenge of climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the biggest freestanding mountain in the world, standing higher than Everest Base Camp at 6,000 metres. I will be climbing with two of my amazing friends, who will help to motivate and remind me why I am doing this when the altitude sickness takes hold and things get tough!

“I want to raise £2,600 towards the charity’s research so have planned a few different fundraising activities leading up to the climb. I have already completed a half marathon in Milton Keynes in March and I ran a bake-off at work. My next event is a face painting and temporary tattoo stand at the Bedford River Festival on July 16 and 17 so hope everyone will come along and support me.”

Harrison’s Fund is named after a nine-year-old from Surrey who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic condition which affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away. The fund is working with researchers for a cure.

Claire is climbing Kilimanjaro with her friends, Claire Robinson, 44, who is raising money for Addenbrooke’s Hospital for the kidney disease and transplant ward as well as the neonatal ward, and Kelly Drage, 29, will be raising for the Mental Health Foundation, both causes close to their hearts for personal reasons.

To support Claire visit www.justgiving.com/CJ-Elliott