AN INTREPID group of walkers are tackling the National Three Peaks Challenge in aid of a charity that has supported a Hutton teenager through his ME diagnosis.
Driffield School pupil Charles Taylor, 13, was diagnosed with the condition in December 2010.
ME, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as it is also known, is a chronic disabling illness that causes pain in the muscles, prolonged unremitting exhaustion and neurological problems.
Before being diagnosed, Charles had always been active, performing well at school and playing rugby for DRUFC’s under 13s and East Yorkshire.
However, since the diagnosis he has seen life change drastically.
“It was a life changing moment really,” said Stuart Taylor, Charles’ father.
The illness can last for years or in severe cases, a lifetime.
He added: “Since his diagnosis he has had to cut out nearly all of his sporting activities and is on a flexible timetable at school due to his condition. We live each day at a time not knowing how Charles will feel within the next 12 hours.”
After being diagnosed, Charles and his family turned to the charity Association of Young People with ME (AYME), which provides vital support, information and services. The charity is run by young people with ME/CFS for young people with ME/CFS.
To thank the charity for their support, Stuart, along with Pete Foster, John Harrison and Mike Berrimen are undertaking the challenge on Saturday, June 11, which will see them climb Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in 24 hours. Charles is hoping to be well enough to tackle one of the peaks. Claire and John Taylor will provide support.
Donations for the Three Peaks Challenge can be made at www.justgiving.com/Stuart-Taylor8.
The challenge is being funded by S. Taylor Estates and Kenny Porter of the National Taxi Association.