Fundraising Stories - The Optimum Health Clinic

Fundraising Stories

Here are some of the events that our patients, former patients, their families and our staff have run to raise money for The Optimum Health Clinic and our clinical trials.


Helen Lynam – Walk ‘to work’ for a month

Helen Lynam the Director of Nutrition at the OHC was the first person to take part in an event for our ‘Sofa Heroes’ fundraising campaign that launched in June 2017. She challenged herself to get up early every morning for a month and walk ‘to work’, there is however a twist, Helen actually works from home most days, but that didn’t stop her and she raised over £800.  Here is how the event went in Helen’s words, ‘Wow, what a month, I have been blessed with sunshine most mornings (I only got rained on once) and the most amazing generosity and support.  I do think I will be up and out early a couple of days a week now – though I may just spend the time doing some gardening.  Across those mornings, I walked for a total of 94km and did 105,870 steps, the shortest walk I did was actually the day I went into London, that was 28mins, most of the time I got carried away and walked over an hour quite a few times’.


Melanie Shah – Dry January

Melanie Shah a former patient at the clinic, pledged to complete a month free of caffeine, alcohol, gluten & sugar for The Optimum Health Clinic, in her words – ‘The team at the OHC are trail blazers in the treatment and research of ME, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. They are professional, imaginative, caring and dedicated to their clients and I have experienced this first hand. Their vision to make this revolutionary work more accessible to the wider community is to be applauded. That’s why I made my “Dry January” in 2016 officially in aid of the OHC. I was able to spread the word about their good deeds as well as give myself some extra willpower to stick to my goal of going clean for a month. It’s not actually that hard when you know how beneficial it is for your health. I successfully steered clear of caffeine, alcohol, gluten and sugar. I did dream of tiramisu quite often but I made it through. Mostly I wanted to give something back to say thanks. And it’s time I get planning for my next fundraising activity for these guys’. Melanie raised over £130 and felt great in the process. 


Nikkie and Micheal Wignall – Wedding

Nikkie Wignall a former patient of the clinic and her husband to be decided that rather than the traditional wedding gifts they would like their guests to make a donation to the OHC. Nikkie said, “Our first hand experience of M.E. and the amazing work that the Optimum Health Clinic are doing to progress NHS treatment is the reason we are supporting this extremely worthwhile cause” and in doing so they raised over £1200.



Simon Limpus – Bonfire and Fireworks Night and Siberia Motor Bike Trip

Simon Limpus (a former patient and OHC’s first ever employee back in 2004!) 
organised a bonfire night with fireworks and various stalls on 12th November 2011.The event was attended by around 80 people, with the festivities apparently
continuing to 6:00 in the morning! Some of the highlights included Simon managing to get hold of over £1k of fireworks for £50 (its a very long story!) with people commenting it was the better than their local town display, there was also a tug of war event and a charity auction. All together £1,123.46 was raised and a huge amount of fun was had.

Simon also motor biked 2500km across Siberia in temperatures ranging from –35 to 60! He raised over £1700 for the Clinic while having an adventure to challenge himself both mentally and physically. You can watch a video with Simon and Alex about his journey with ME/CFS and the fundraising event in support of The Optimum Health Clinic by clicking here

Ian Hatton – Coast to Coast Cycle

Ian Hatton, whose daughter has been a patient at OHC, completed a mammoth coast to coast cycle in July 2011, raising over £2000 for the foundation. Ian said, “The ride was fantastic. Scenery was such that you wished you had a video camera strapped to your helmet, and the weather was so kind to us, not a drop of rain, and the wind wasn’t too strong. Quite an achievement for us all, and I’m delighted to have been able to increase the awareness of the work you do, and raise a bit of funding for the future.”


Nancy Poller – 15 Peaks Walk

Nancy Poller, a former patient of the clinic, walked the 15 peaks of the Malvern Hills in June 2011, raising almost £1000. In Nancy’s words:“Well…I did it! 7 hours, 15 peaks and lots of sandwiches…We walked from Chase End hill at the very South end of the Malverns all the way to North Hill, crossing through Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire along the way! I climbed every one of the 15 peaks on the route, with brill support from Andy and Dad. Buckets of thanks to everyone who sponsored me and supported me! Thinking of all the people who were behind me really helped, especially on the last few peaks when energy levels were flagging!”


The Optimum Health Clinic Firewalk

January 2009 saw the first ever Optimum Health Clinic Foundation firewalk, and what an exciting event it was.  A rather brave (or just plain stupid!) group of patients and friends of the clinic took on the burning coals with huge enthusiasm, with most of the group choosing to walk across twice.  Included in this group was Alex’s mum, who also stars in one of the best photos of the event.  If anyone ever needs proof of a mothers’ unconditional love, firewalking surely has to be it!


Lindsey Oliver – 10 Mile Run

Former patient Lindsey completed the Great South Run in November 2008, raising
over £500 for the foundation.  Here is her account of the experience:
“I genuinely enjoyed the feeling of running, and I had big moments of feeling really
proud of myself – I was really doing it! And, it was much easier than I thought it might. I crossed the line feeling tired but physically fine, which was brilliant; and I must
admit to being a bit emotional too – I had done something that 4 years ago I never
thought was possible. I also had the added bonus of my race time (1hr 31) – it was
the same as I had done it 16 years ago, which was amazing!”

To run a fundraising event see our Fundraising ideas or our Getting started guide, we also have a Fundraising Pack to help you along the way.