A HUSBAND has been inspired by his wife who is battling a condition that causes pain all over her body to take part in a gruelling 26-mile running challenge for a charity that champions the rights of carers.
Mike Rippingale, 31-years-old of Bodelwyddan, has been Samantha’s carer for more than four years after she was diagnosed with a fibromyalgia in 2010 - which causes pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Mrs Rippingale, 27-years-old, who attended Rhyl High School, said that she cried “tears of pride” when she heard that her husband would be running the Virgin London Marathon for Carers UK next year.
The couple, who have been married for 10 years and have three children, will hold a family fun day on Saturday, August 9 at Bodelwyddan community centre between 10am and 4pm to help start off their fundraising.
Mrs Rippingale said: “When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia I had a hard time accepting it.
“To the outside you see me with crutches, walking slow but inside I’m screaming in pain and there is no let up from the pain or fatigue. Mike works nights Monday to Friday, only has five hrs sleep during the week, looks after me and the kids then goes to work again.
“I don’t know what I would do without him - he’s my rock.”
The couple hope the fun day next month, which will feature a bouncy castle, a fairground, hot dogs, burgers, a raffle, beat the keeper and much more, will raise awareness of the condition. Carers UK will also be holding a stall.
Mr Rippingale expressed: “I’ve thrown myself in at the deep end. I’m really looking forward to my challenge especially as it is one that is very close to my heart.”
Carers UK, set up to help people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend, will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next year.
Dee Brecker, director of fundraising at Carers UK, said: “By raising funds for Carers UK Mike is helping us in our vital work to reach out to carers and make sure they get the help they need, as soon as they need it.”
To donate txt code MISA82 to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/michael-rippingale