27th January 2020

Inspirational Dawn will spin for eight hours to help people affected by migraine

Dawn and her daughter both get migraine

Everyone at The Migraine Trust wishes Dawn Oldale well as she undertakes a Spinathon, cycling for eight hours on an exercise bicycle, to help people affected by migraine. Dawn will spin in Doddington Village Hall, March, on Saturday, 1 February, in support of The Migraine Trust. She is supporting the charity because she personally knows the serious impact that migraine has on people’s lives.

Hemiplegic migraine

Dawn gets hemiplegic migraine which involves a temporary weakness on one side of her body as part of her migraine attack, in addition to head pain. This involves her face, arm and leg, and is accompanied by numbness and pins and needles. It has seriously affected her life, and her daughter Molly, who is six years old, has begun to experience severe migraine too.

Explaining why she is raising funds for The Migraine Trust, she said: “The reason I’m doing this is to raise awareness of migraine. This is a debilitating condition, raising awareness and giving support will hopefully help others.

“Molly, my daughter, had an attack just a few days ago. She also suffers with hemiplegic migraine attacks, which breaks my heart, and to think I’m able to help others means so much to me.”

Supportive team

Dawn will be supported by a large team around her. Her best friend Zoe Houldsworth will be spinning with her, along with Tony Raine and Wayne Marshall, who are both spinning instructors at the George Campbell Leisure Centre in March. It was Tony who encouraged Dawn to taken on this challenge, as she said:

“He has been my drive to get me to a level where I’m able to even think of doing this eight hour spin. He’s my rockstar of spinning and has become a very good friend.”

While several of Dawn’s other friends will be holding a Zumbathon in Doddington Village Hall as she spins. She has also received a generous donation from Andy Cornwell, manager of the George Campbell Leisure Centre, who has donated the spinning bikes.

Thanking Dawn for her support, Gus Baldwin, chief executive of The Migraine Trust, said:

“We are in awe and so grateful to Dawn and her team for undertaking this amazing Spinathon to help people affected by migraine. She is an inspiration and as she herself knows, migraine is debilitating and painful and affects many aspects of a person’s life.

“Not only are they raising vital funds that will help support people with migraine and fund crucial migraine research, they are raising awareness of this often misunderstood brain disease. We wish them well on Saturday and a very long rest afterwards.”

You can support Dawn

If you would like to help people affected by migraine you can support Dawn’s fundraising through her Facebook fundraising page.