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Charity champs

Thursday 22 May 2014


From UK newspaper the Daily Record:


Nikola and Hazel Borland
Pedal power: Nikola and Hazel in action
at the David Lloyd Centre

Charity champs

By Lynn Jolly
May 19, 2014 15:28

Nikola Borland, 20, and her 45-year-old mum Hazel are cycling, walking and jogging on behalf of the Fibromyalgia Association UK.

A mother-and-daughter fundraising duo are tackling a triathlon with a difference as they coin in cash for a worthy cause.

Nikola Borland, 20, and her 45-year-old mum Hazel are cycling, walking and jogging as part of a ‘virtual’ triathlon on behalf of the Fibromyalgia Association UK.

The Elderslie pair both live with fibromyalgia, which causes widespread muscle pain, fatigue and disrupted sleep.

Their marathon fundraising effort at the David Lloyd Centre, in Renfrew, started last week, on International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, and will continue until September 14.

Hazel explained: “Each week, we will add up the distance we cycle, walk and jog on the machines at the gym and see how far we can ‘travel.’

“I’m mapping out my journey to Orkney and Nikola is going round the world via 17 locations!

“I visited Orkney a few years ago and fell in love with it. I hope to return there either this year or next.

“Orkney is my ancestral family home and is where my maiden name Leask originates from, so it holds a very special place in my heart.

“So far, it is all going well, even though we can only do a few minutes on each machine before having to take a break.”

Fibromyalgia means Hazel and Nikola can feel fine one day but then exhausted the next.

However, they have been pounding away on the bikes, treadmills and cross trainers at the gym to coin in the cash.

Hazel, who works for Fibromyalgia Association UK, said: “Fibromyalgia is like the body blowing a fuse.

“You might feel okay at the time when you exercise and then be flat out in your bed the next day.

“The experts believe there is some sort of trigger for fibromyalgia, such as childbirth, an accident or a trauma.

“For me, it was when Nikola was born and, for her, it was a car crash in 2007.

“Somebody ran into the back of the car when I was driving and Nikola was in the back seat.”

Nikola, a voluntary care worker who hopes to become a classroom assistant, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2012, at the age of 18.

She said: “There is still far too little knowledge and awareness of the condition and of how debilitating or life-destroying it can be.

“I started going to the gym this year to try to increase the limited amount of exercise I can manage and that’s where the idea of a virtual world tour came from.”

Over the 18 weeks the challenge will run for, Nikola and Hazel hope to cover around 100km each.

Anyone who would like to support their efforts can make a donation online by visiting their JustGiving pages at and

You can also text FIBR69 £5 (or whatever amount you wish to donate) to 70070 or text NIKY93 £5 – or the amount you want to donate – to 70070.


The above originally appeared here.


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