When 15-year old Jade, whose older sister Claire, 29, has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, decided to raise funds and awareness about this condition, her school supported her.
Jade organised a chocolate raffle and spoke to every class about the condition. The school organised a non-uniform day and matched the funding. In total, £500 has been raised for FibroAction.
Jade, who is in year 11, said: "It was a shock when my sister was diagnosed with the condition. She had to give up her job as a receptionist and is so tired. She was really proud of me for wanting to do some fundraising because she also supports charities having taken part in Midnight Memories before she had the condition. I think she inspired me to do this fundraising. I think I will do more fundraising for FibroAction, it is so important that more research is done into the condition."
Ella Vine, Chief Executive of FibroAction visited the school. She spoken to both Jade and her sister Claire and listened how much fibromyalgia has changed the family's life. Ella said: 'It is heartening to see how much the pupils were involved and to see Jade's determination to raise both funds and awareness of fibromyalgia to help her sister Claire and many others affected by the condition. We are absolutely delighted and want to express gratitude to Jade and to Sharples School for the fantastic support. We know that there is still a lot to be done to improve the diagnosis, care and treatment of people living with fibromyalgia and the donation will go a long way to achieve that'.
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