I was inspired to contact Malaria No More UK after hearing Jo Yirrell on the radio explaining how she lost her son, Harry, to malaria.
Unlike Harry, who gave away his anti-malarial pills in Ghana, I travelled a lot for business and after years of being in and out of malarial areas, I stupidly thought that it would never ever affect me. I learnt the hard way that this was not true. I contracted a deadly strain of malaria and spent a week fighting to survive on a life-support machine followed by six weeks in intensive care. I am one of the very fortunate ones as malaria kills nearly a million people each year, the majority being young children in Africa. In 2009 The Daily Mail covered my story too.
I believe that contributing to Malaria No More UK has a direct and immediate impact to save the lives of thousands of children
When I recovered, I was determined to understand more about the disease that nearly killed me. The more I learned, the more despondent I became in the knowledge that so many children in Africa die from this disease. But I also learnt that it is totally preventable and this is why I have chosen to support Malaria No More UK.
There are many worthwhile charities that vie for our support, but I believe that contributing to Malaria No More UK has a direct and immediate impact to save the lives of thousands of children as well to contribute to the prosperity of those nations that are ravaged by the devastating effects of malaria.
I am generally a casual jogger but I decided to up the pace and run my first marathon in Snowdonia (one of the toughest in the UK!). It takes place in October and I was sure that I would never be fully fit enough or totally prepared for the long uphill stretch. I was always determined to finish though, come what may, pushed on by the thought that every mile I completed contributes to saving lives.
I finished it in a respectable 4 hours 40 minutes and had a few aches and pains the next day but nothing serious. The the hills were gruesome and the weather was atrocious, but it all added to the experience and I will certainly do it again!
I also reached my target of raising £500, enough to buy, deliver and hang 100 mosquito nets helping to protect up to 200 people from malaria.
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