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Couple to trek across dales after finding wonder drug

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

By MARK MCKAY

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A MARRIED couple, who both suffered from seizures, will trek across the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District to raise money for an epilepsy charity.

Richard and Michaela Beale, of Church Street, Donisthorpe, will walk 80 miles from Ilkeley, in North Yorkshire, to the eastern shore of Lake Windermere, in the Lake District.

The couple, who both suffered epilepsy, decided to donate the money they raise to Epilepsy Action.

Richard, 26, who works in a newsagent, suffered seizures as a child but eventually overcame the condition as a teenager.

The condition severely affected Michaela, 23, who has suffered fits since she was 14.

But Epilepsy Action helped secure new medication, oxcarbazepine, for Michaela, which brought her seizures under control.

Richard said: “They found new medication for her seizures so it’s a way of giving something back.”

Since taking the drug in October, Michaela, has found work in the Cancer Research shop in Ashby, and has been earmarked for a managerial position with the charity.

She said: “I have been ecstatic since starting the drug – I have been living on cloud nine.

“I feel like I can start my life again because I can have a job and I don’t have to worry about the seizures.

“Without Epilepsy Action I would not have been able to get the treatment.”

The couple, who have already raised £500, smashing their £300 target, will start their trek on June 1.

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/RickandKayla

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