TEAM MAP NEMALINE
‘Team MAP-Nemaline’ is the collective name given to the forever growing group of people that support Meriel in one way or another. It all evolved in 2016 when Anna-Marie and Mr Kruze initiated the first fundraiser for MAP Nemaline. Meriel’s parents set this fund up with the help of Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK), creating the name by using Meriel’s initials. MAP Nemaline is a restricted account within Muscular Dystrophy UK. It will fund Nemaline Myopathy research projects being carried out in order to help those with Nemaline Myopathy in future generations.
2020 - The Year of Big Challenges
Skydive - March
Oxford Town & Gown 10K Run - May
Meriel's Personal Challenge - Hopefully Autumn
28th March 2020
Introducing Our Skydive Team:
MAP Nemaline - DandeLIONS
(Seven of Meriel’s brave neighbours)
A Team of Meriel's seven neighbours (aka The DandeLIONS) will take the ‘leap of a lifetime’ with Muscular Dystrophy UK. Mimicking the nature of the Dandelion flower dispersing their message by parachute.The DandeLIONS (D'Lions) will take the ‘leap of a lifetime’ with Muscular Dystrophy UK on 28th March 2020 (Weather permitting).
The initiator: Meriel’s Hairdresser Gemma has been inspired by Meriel’s continuous effort to tick her Dream List, that Gemma has decided to attempt her dream to celebrate her 30th birthday in 2020
- A SKYDIVE (Tandem). It felt appropriate to do so whilst supporting Meriel’s cause. Six of Meriel's neighbours will be joining Gemma to take the leap.
Dreams & goals will be accomplished by all & with your help The DandeLIONS will help raise awareness of Meriel’s weak muscle condition, Nemaline Myopathy & in the process raise funds for MAP NEMALINE fund within MDUK.
2 Charities - 2 Challenges
- 1 Event
Meriel challenged her swimming skills for a 2nd time,
she was inspired by Ross Edgley's achievements
(First to swim around the UK without touching land)
and encouraged by GB Olympian Bobsleigher, Toby Olubi.
Toby first met Meriel at school in September 2018 and soon became a great fan. Toby constantly encourages the next generation with his passion and "his BIG GUNS” (Meriel’s words) Meriel was delighted that he surprised her when he came to watch her attempt
Mermaid’s Mission. Mermaid Mission RAISED £2,9002 (Inc Gift Aid)
Refusing rest time on her ventilator between swims,
Meriel swam 18 m supported, 72 m using her woggle
Since Meriel’s last Swim Challenge (2016), things have become a lot more difficult due to her increased scoliosis and weakened lungs. Meriel now uses her breathing ventilator full-time, maintains her independence by using a powerchair and is fed via her gastrostomy peg.
Thanks to ‘Mermaid Powers’ and less restrictions on her body when in the water; amazingly, Meriel finds breathing in the pool a little bit more comfortable.
Meriel’s condition has a huge impact on her everyday life but she still sparkles and accepts all that is changing with great bravery and spirit.
ONLINE DONATIONS OPEN UNTIL FEBRUARY
Meriel chose to raise awareness of two charities:
(For Info Click Names)
Join Meriel in applauding the amazing staff from Glasgow Children’s Hospital for whom she is extremely grateful. All funds raised will be shared between Map Nemaline and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
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In May 2019, Team MAP Nemaline hosted an evening of baroque music performed by the Cothill House choirs at Deddington Church. The evening included a stunning violin solo from Leo Zhu, a beautiful solo from Meriel’s brother Miles and a number of uplifting pieces from the orchestra and choirs combined. Over 130 guests attended on this special spring evening. Meriel, her family and Muscular Dystrophy UK, would like to thank all who attended as well as thank those who put in so much work to ensure that the evening was a success. An fantastic total of £14,300 was raised to support research into Meriel’s condition, Nemaline Myopathy.
TEAM MAP NEMALINE supported the 38th MDUK Town and Gown race in Oxford.
This year was Meriel's first attempt to do the 3k independently using her power chair. She was supported by family and friends who ran the 3 or 10k. Approx 5000 runners were expected and the sun shone.
Thank you to all for supporting this amazing event!
See you next year with a forever growing team! (Usually 2nd week in May)
Watch to reveal the outstanding amount raised for the charity & how much a copy of THE DREAM STONE was worth at auction!
An Exclusive Fundraising Dinner with Nawamin Pinpathomrat:
On Tuesday 13 November 2018, we hosted an Exclusive Fundraising Dinner with Nawamin Pinpathomrat, 2018 MasterChef UK Finalist at the Ashmolean, Oxford. Nawamin very kindly offered to cook a delicious three-course dinner in aid of MAP Nemaline and Muscular Dystrophy UK.
Muscular Dystrophy is a cause close to Nawamin’s heart.
This year Meriel wanted to participate in the 2018 Oxford Town and Gown race. School friends from Kitebrook Preparatory School and Cothill House and a team of adults supported her this year. Anna-Marie (Carer) and a couple of friends took turns pushing Meriel in 'Walter' her wheelchair around the 3k Kids Route. Crossing over the finish line hand in hand oozing plenty of DREAM STONE SPIRIT. Another fun day for all whilst raising funds and awareness of MAP Nemaline.
Meriel's brother Miles and his friend pushed Meriel around the 5k fully accessible fun run around the Olympic Park & afterwards relaxed at the family festival. (Click Photo for PL website) The children raised more funds for MAP Nemaline.
Meriel was invited to start the 2017 Oxford Town and Gown race. School friends and a team of adults supported her on what turned out to be a glorious and fun day for all whilst raising funds and awareness of MAP Nemaline.