A Manchester mum has completed the first ever 48 hour wheelathon to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.
Catherine Martin’s five-year-old son, Joshua, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic and progressive muscle-wasting condition.
Catherine, a 29-year-old nurse, celebrated her wheelathon first with her family, including her sisters Sarah and Rachel Malady and cousins Emma Dalton, Kerry Matthews and Amy Thomson, who joined her on the Wheelathon in Exchange Square in Manchester.
Catherine, who slept in the pod in sub-zero temperatures, said: I’m just so proud to have done this.
We were all freezing but seeing everybody supporting us on the ground inspired us. We have been having sing-alongs and there’s been a lot of laughing.
Her husband James said:
“The first thing she’s going to do is have a long bath and a good sleep. The hardest part was the nights as there was no heating and the temperatures got pretty low.
Our son Josh is our hero. He never complains he just gets on with it.
Charles Horton, Regional Fundraising Manager in the North West said:
“The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign relies almost entirely on voluntary donations. This type of fundraising is a great way to raise the vital funds needed for people living with muscle disease in the UK.
We are overwhelmed by this extraordinary fundraising effort; it will make a huge difference to funding the free care and support services we provide, our groundbreaking research to find effective treatments and cures and campaigning for better healthcare services. We wish our supporters the best of luck.
To donate to this fabulous fundraising please visit the Weekend on the Wheel justgiving page