Shelley Johnson from FILA UK has embarked on three gruelling multi-terrain events to help raise funds and awareness for charity, Ataxia UK. Shelley will be taking part in The Grizzly and Compton 20, and finishing off with the Neolithic Marathon on 1 May. Funds raised will go towards research, services and support for sufferers, including Shelley’s sister Tracey who has recently been diagnosed with the rare condition.
Ataxia is a progressive neurological condition that affects balance, speech, and co-ordination. Over 10,000 people in the UK have Ataxia and there is currently no cure. Awareness of the condition, which is likened to Parkinsons and MS, is very low. Shelley hopes that taking part in the three multi-terrain events will help raise funds and awareness of Ataxia, and go towards finding treatments to help as many people as possible.
“These events will be tough, but nothing compared to the battle faced by people living with Ataxia every day. I’ll give my all in an effort to raise as much as I can – and if you can join me in supporting everyone in this position and the charity, we’ll be eternally grateful,” explained Shelley.
Shelley’s great friend, Maria Hedge, will be taking part in all three events alongside Shelley; keeping her on the straight and narrow – and the hilly and muddy! To support Shelley, please visit www.justgiving.com/shelley-johnson3.