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Latrigg birthday challenge for Melissa

A young woman with Angelman Syndrome is set to climb Latrigg to celebrate her 21st Birthday and raise funds to help protect the Lake District.

Melissa McComas was diagnosed with the genetic condition, which affects her nervous system, limits mobility and causes epilepsy, when she was just 3 years old.

Despite Angelman Syndrome affecting all aspects of Melissa’s life, she regularly sets herself incredible challenges to raise money for charities. Previous endeavours include walking 1000 miles using her chair as a walking aid – which took nearly a year to complete – and ridding her trike round her local area every day for a month.

Now, to mark her 21st Birthday, Melissa is set to climb her first Wainwright. With a brand-new wheelchair geared to help her meet the challenge, Melissa has been training for some weeks. The new chair has levers, so is more easily self-propelled, but takes a little getting used to!

The challenge will take place on Tuesday 16th July, the day when Melissa turns 21 years old, and supporters are invited to join the ascent.

Melissa’s mum Kathryn, who will be accompanying Melissa up Latrigg, along with her elder brother Jacob, said:

“We chose to support the Lake District Foundation because of the amazing work you do to look after the Lake District. As well as your important work educating others, so it will be here for many generations to come and enjoy.”

Melissa’s fundraising goal is £2100 and will be split between the Lake District Foundation and Great North Air Ambulance.

Steve Tokin, Fundraising Manager said:

“We wish Melissa and her team the very best of luck. Enjoy your Birthday in this magnificent part of the planet and thank you for your support.”

Support Melissa at gofundme.com/f/miles-of-smiles-for-melissas-21st

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