Teacher’s 13 challenges for charity

23-year-old Laura Hamill, (left), with her best friend Michelle Porter, who was diagnosed with myeloma in 2011
23-year-old Laura Hamill, (left), with her best friend Michelle Porter, who was diagnosed with myeloma in 2011

A kind-hearted teacher has taken on 13 challenges to raise money for charity.

Laura Hamill, a teacher at Lakeside Village Primary School, started fundraising for Myeloma UK after her best friend, Michelle Porter, was diagnosed in 2011.

Myeloma is an incurable form of bone marrow cancer.

The charity provides support for sufferers and their families and helps fund research.

Laura, aged 23, said: “I set up a justgiving online donation page in April last year when Michelle was starting her second round of treatment for myeloma, which involved intensive chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

“My initial intention was to raise £100 to show her that people were thinking about her whilst she was in hospital. This target was reached the very same day, so since then I have taken part in many different fundraising activities to increase the amount.”

Laura’s latest fundraising mission will see her complete 13 different challenges, because 13 people are diagnosed with myeloma every day in the UK.

She has already completed three of the tasks she set herself at the beginning of February, including french knitting 13 feet of material and getting 13 retweets from celebrities on social networking site Twitter.

She still has 10 challenges left to complete, including a 13 mile bike ride, visiting 13 different towns or cities and giving up chocolate for 13 weeks.

For her final challenge, she will also have her head shaved.

To follow Laura’s progress with her challenges visit www.facebook.com/mymyelomachal13nge.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/JustForShells