Woman with rare condition throwing bash to find a cure

Lucy O'Hare, left, completed a triathlon to raise money in aid of a US charity which is researching into her friend Annabelle Moult's (left) condition
Lucy O'Hare, left, completed a triathlon to raise money in aid of a US charity which is researching into her friend Annabelle Moult's (left) condition

A woman who is registered blind and paralysed from the waist down is continuing her fight to find a cure for her rare illness by throwing a fundraising bash in town.

Annabelle Moult, 32, was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica – known as NMO – six years ago.

It means she needs a magnifying glass to read and a wheelchair to get around.

Last year, her good friend Lucy O’Hare, 36, conquered the Blenheim Palace Triathlon and raised more than £3,000 for the US-based Guthy Jackson Foundation - which continues to search for a cure.

But there is now a UK-based charity so she is hosting a fundraising do at Thame United Football Club.

There will be a hog roast, live band and prize draws at the club on August 29 from 7pm until midnight and money raised will go to NMO-UK. Tickets are £15.

Annabelle, who lives in Long Crendon with husband Danny, said: “I always try to maintain a sense of humour and never say ‘why me?’

“My friends and family have been amazing and I couldn’t have got to where I am today without their help, love and support.

“I am holding an event at Thame United Football Club to raise money for NMO and there is now a UK charity for it.

“I am trying to raise money and awareness to help raise funds for research for this horrid illness.”

For more information about the event, call Annabelle on 07867467478.