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Uttoxeter's Martin conquers Hadrian's Wall for Raynaud's and scleroderma charity

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

By Joanna Craig

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A RAYNAUD'S sufferer took on an epic challenge to raise money and awareness for the charity supporting those with the condition.

Martin Ealham, who suffers from Raynaud's and scleroderma, walked close to 90 miles along Hadrian's Wall in the north of England in order to raise £1,200 for those suffering from the conditions.

The 49-year-old, of Bentley Road, said he was lucky compared to other sufferers and regularly attended a support group held at Burton's Queen's Hospital, to whom he hopes to donate a portion of the money raised.

He said: "Before I was diagnosed I hadn't heard of the condition, so the walk was really to raise awareness, and of course money, for the charity.

"My inspiration behind the walk was because I have been diagnosed with both conditions and have been attending the support group at Burton's Queen's Hospital for three years.

"Someone suggested Hadrian's Wall and I thought it was a great idea. I wanted to do coast to coast so started planning for the 84-mile trip over the course of six days.

"I even spent three nights camping, which I really enjoyed. I'm very pleased to have finished. It was a daunting prospect for someone who has only ever done dog walking before.

"Raynaud's and scleroderma is an auto-immune condition which for some reason means my body produces too much collagen.

"To start with it was debilitating, but that was before I got my diagnosis. I was never ill before then, I never even had colds. Having to go to hospital and take pills was a huge change in my life."

Mr Ealham, who works at JCB Heavy Products, was keen to thank Gordon Shelby who supported him along the way, MP Andrew Griffiths for supporting the charity and the JCB charity foundation which pledged £250.

Those wishing to sponsor Martin can go to justgiving.com/sclerodermawalk

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