A BASINGSTOKE GP is running Brighton Marathon next month to raise money for a medical charity supporting research into ME.

Dr Matt Nisbet, from Crown Heights Medical Centre, will be the only runner out of 27,000 seeking sponsorship for ME Research UK.

Dr Nisbet said: “This is such an important area of health which sadly has been neglected for many years. I regularly see patients with unexplained fatigue symptoms.

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Basingstoke Gazette: Dr Matt Nisbet is running the Brighton Marathon"In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, lots of people will know someone suffering with symptoms of long Covid – a very similar condition - and yet there is so little research into what works to cure or relieve these issues which can be debilitating.

“I know from my work with patients, that people can get better from these conditions, one of the most important things in recovering from something like this is hope and ME Research UK really gives us that hope that we can develop a better understanding of ME and ultimately discover a cure.”

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ME – myalgic encephalomyelitis – also known as chronic fatigue syndrome – affects an estimated 250,000 people in the UK and causes a range of symptoms including fatigue, reduced exercise tolerance, brain fog and sleep disturbance.

ME Research UK funds high quality biomedical research to develop effective treatments, and ultimately to discover a cure for ME.

Dr Nisbet continued: “I’m so grateful to the support I’ve had from friends and colleagues – any donation, no matter how small, will help find a cure and give hope to the thousands of people suffering with these conditions."

The Brighton Marathon will take place on Sunday, April 7. 

To sponsor Dr Nisbet visit his fundraising page and to find out more about ME Research UK visit meresearch.org.uk.