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Bell Baxter pupils embark on charity hike

Thursday 20 May 2010

Lynn Gilderdale
Karen Hall and her daughter Jodie
with dogs Glen and Clova,
and Jodie's classmates.

Scottish newspaper Fife Today reports:

Bell Baxter pupils embark on charity hike

Published Date: 13 May 2010

HIKING through some of Scotland's most demanding terrain is not every 14 year-old's ideal way to spend their birthday — but that's just what one caring Springfield teenager plans to do in a bid to raise funds to help ME sufferers like her mum.

Jodie Duncan, a second-year pupil at Bell Baxter High School, will be joined by a group of friends this Sunday, May 16, for an eight-kilometre sponsored walk from Glen Clova to Loch Brandy in Angus that will take them to a height of 623 metres.

They hope to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity Action for ME, which aims to improve the lives of people affected by myalgic encephalopathy, sometimes known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Jodie's mum Karen Hall was diagnosed with the condition two-and-a-half years ago following a fall in which she bruised her spinal cord, although it is often triggered by a virus.

While she is still managing to work part-time, she is bed-bound for much of the day, causing her family and social life to suffer.

"Jodie was 14 on Sunday but instead of having a birthday party she decided she wanted to mark the occasion by doing something for ME Awareness Week, which is this week," said Karen (42).

"It was all her idea and I feel so proud of her."

Accompanied by Karen's husband Jock and the family's pet labradors — which by coincidence are named Glen and Clova — the group will set off wearing pyjamas over their walking gear in a cheeky gesture acknowledging the fact that Karen spends much of her life in her jammies!

Also in the party will be Jock's son Darren, who's in first year at Bell Baxter, and daughter Kayleigh, a P7 pupil at Newburgh Primary School.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Jodie should visit the website

The article originally appeared here.



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