TWO schoolgirls who raised more than £1,000 by organising a sponsored run on behalf of their cousin who suffers from a debilitating condition have been nominated for Young Person of the Year.
Elly Stonebridge, 11, and her nine-year-old sister Izzy stood up in front of their class to ask fellow pupils at North Ealing Primary to take part in the event.
They rallied 18 classmates for their sponsored run at Pitshanger Park near their school in Pitshanger Lane last November.
The money was raised in support of their cousin, Jamie, who has had ME, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, for about six years.
The 23-year-old from Kingston developed the condition after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and then Addison’s disease.
He has been housebound with fatigue, muscle pain and other symptoms for about three years.
Jamie’s mother, who nominated them, said: "They wanted to do something to show him they cared so they decided to raise money for the ME Association.
"They were very brave to stand up in front of their classes. They had found out a lot about ME in advance so they could tell people what it was.
"We were only expecting them to raise a few hundred pounds, when they raised more than £1,000 we were thrilled.
"They were determined to make it a success. We and their parents are very proud of them."
Hearing she had been nominated, Elly said: "I’m really surprised and so is Izzy.
"I just wanted to help my cousin and raise some money for other people with ME, it’s a really horrible disease."