by STACEY HEANEY
girl Rachael Dumigan will cast aside her own medical issues in
order to help those in need of vital health care and medical
relief across the world when she takes part in the Royal Parks
Half Marathon in London this Sunday (October 12). Rachael, who
has recently been diagnosed M.E., will be undertaking the 13.1
mile challenge to raise funds for Merlin (Medical Emergency
Relief International), the only specialist UK agency which
responds worldwide with vital health care and medical relief for
vulnerable people caught up in natural disasters, conflict,
disease and health system collapse.
23-year-old Rachael, who is a former pupil of
Wallace High School, has been studying in London for four years
and is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Neuroscience at
Kings College, London.
Despite her recent diagnosis and the
tiredness her condition causes her, Rachael is determined to
continue with her fundraising and the half marathon across
Rachael will join 12,000 other competitors in
Hyde Park on Sunday to take on the challenge for a cause close
to her heart.
"I take part in health care and charity work
with refugees in London," said Rachael, "and I would quite like
to get involved in health care, possibly in Africa with
refugees, when I graduate.
I discovered Merlin when I was doing some
research on the Internet and I got really interested in what
Rachael added, "I was recently diagnosed with
M.E. so for me this is quite a challenge, especially the
training. I am a little bit tired but I am determined to do it.
"I'm hoping to run in fancy dress, I'm
thinking of a jungle theme and my mum and dad are coming over to
support me. I don't expect to do it in a quick time but I just
want to have fun."
Rachael has also recently been writing her
dissertation, which has hampered her fundraising, however she
hopes to continue gathering funds following the race.
"I've raised around £200 and I was aiming for
£500 but with writing my dissertation I have had no time, but I
hope to do something after the race."
Carolyn Miller, Chief Executive of Merlin
commented: "We really appreciate the effort and commitment of
all the runners. The money they raise will make a huge
difference to Merlin's work providing health care in the world's
most difficult countries — it will literally help us to save
If you would like to sponsor Rachael you can
do so by visiting
http://www.justgiving.com/rachaeldumigan. To find out
further information about Merlin please visit