Bodelwyddan mum living in constant pain to host fundraising and awareness day


Suzanne Jordan

A FAMILY fun day will take place this Saturday to collect funds for a carers charity and raise awareness of a condition which cause pain all over the body.

Mike Rippingale, 31-years-old, has been his wife’s carer for more than four years after she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia – which causes pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Mr Rippingale, of Bodelwyddan, will run the Virgin London Marathon for Carers UK next year and the fun day on August, 9, at Bodelwyddan community centre, is being held to help start off the couple’s fundraising.

The day, which starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm, will feature a bouncy castle, a fairground, hot dogs, burgers, a raffle, beat the keeper and much more. Carers UK will also be holding a stall.

Samantha Rippingale, 27-years-old, who attended Rhyl High School, said: “When Mike first told me he was doing the marathon, I was that proud and happy and it is for such a good charity.

“Fibromyalgia is a condition that not only is life changing for the patient but to close family. To the outside you see me with crutches, walking slow and a bit funny but inside I'm screaming in pain.

“Mike is my rock. We have been married for nearly 11 years and have three children - It was love at first sight."

Mr Rippingale, who works at Airbus UK, explained that his challenge is the “perfect opportunity” to let people know that there is help for other carers.

He said: “When the opportunity came for Carers UK, there was no way I was going to turn it down. It just seemed perfect to raise money for them to give aid to other carers; carers need looking after too.”

The fun day in Bodelwyddan is open to everyone.

To donate to Mike Rippingale, text code MISA82 to 70070 or visit

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