A Kettering woman who has suffered from the debilitating illness ME for seven years is hoping to raise money so she can have specialist treatment not available on the NHS.
Emily Crotty, 24, has been bed-bound for three years after her condition worsened.
As a result, she has found it almost impossible to raise funds for groundbreaking treatment at Breakspear Hospital, but is hoping to both raise some money as well as awareness of ME by launching a Halloween photography competition.
Emily said: “It has been so positive to have so much support with this, as at times ME is quite a lonely illness.
“But to know so many people want to help is amazing.”
Emily’s Mum, Jane, said she admires the strength Emily has shown in battling her illness.
She added: “Emily’s strength of character and continued optimism is a constant inspiration to me.”
To enter the photo competition, simply take a Halloween-themed photo, join the Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/429156977190985, submit your picture, tag it as ‘Emily’s Recovery Fund’ and share this with your friends. Then everyone can vote for their favourite photograph. The competition will be running Sunday, November 3, and the winner announced the following day.
Emily said: “Although the competition is primarily to raise awareness, if anyone would like to donate a pound to enter, this would also be greatly appreciated. One lucky winner will receive a large FCUK bath bag, containing designer bath products. Alongside this, everyone who submits a photo and enters will be entered into a prize draw to win a sweetie goody bag.”
ME is a neurological illness which affects people to varying degrees.
It affects almost all of the body and Emily suffers severely from migraines and is utterly exhausted from physical movements as simple as sitting up as well as having breathing difficulties. She also has joint pain, muscle spasms and her muscles are very weak. On top of this she suffers from confusion, forgetfulness and an inability to concentrate for long.
Breakspear is a private hospital near London which specialises in ME diagnosis and treatments. It is a standalone institute and offers care which the NHS cannot provide. The treatment is expensive and Emily has already personally saved a substantial amount towards her own treatment.