A wheelchair-bound East Wemyss woman is tackling the Forth Road Bride this Saturday to raise funds for CMT UK.
Jeeta Ouston (55) will cross the landmark from South to North Queensferry and back again in aid of the charity which supports people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) - one of the world’s most common, inherited neurological conditions.
For Jeeta, the trip will be quite a challenge. CMT is currently incurable and steadily progressive. It affects around 23,000 people in the UK, causing muscle weakness in the lower legs and hands.“The bridge isn’t even and is also pretty long, but it’s for a great cause and I’m looking forward to it,” Jeeta said.
“I met my husband Richard through CMT UK, as he also has the condition, and my daughter Ravi inherited CMT from me, so it’s a charity close to my heart.”
Jeeta has been through several operations to deal with problems caused by CMT and struggles with mobility. Last year, because of muscle weakness, she fell and fractured her left femur. Despite two operations, the bone failed to heal and has been replaced with a steel bone.
“I hope as many people as possible will come along on the day to support me and also consider donating to this worthwhile cause,” she continued.
“There is still so much to be learned about CMT and while we’re on the right track, extra funding will help us accelerate the research process,”added Jeeta, who hoped for as much support this weekend as possible. To find out more visit www.cmt.org.uk. To donate visit Jeeta’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/JeetaOuston