Daredevil Donna falls for charities

Donna Mear taking part in a zipwire challenge for charity.
Donna Mear taking part in a zipwire challenge for charity.

A CHARITY champion from North Tyneside has raised £1,800 by taking on a daredevil challenge.

Donna Mear, of Bodmin Close in Battle Hill, completed a nerve-wracking 80ft zipwire across the Tyne in aid of four charities close to her heart.

The mum of two plans to give £1,000 to the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund, with the remaining £800 to be split between the National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, Ostomy Lifestyle and Stomawise.

For years, Donna was forced to make up to 40 visits a day to the toilet due to ulcerative colitis, a condition causing ulcers and open sores.

Her abdominal pain was so severe that she did not even notice her labour cramps prior to the birth of daughter Evangelina four years ago.

After taking steroids and other medication for 13 months, Donna, 33, underwent surgery to have her colon removed and was fitted with a permanent stoma bag in May last year.

Now she is determined to raise awareness of the disease.

Donna said: “The awareness was more important to me than raising the money.

“With Ostomy Awareness Day being this month, I am more determined to spread awareness.

“A lot of the money I raised went to Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund in memory of my stepdad, who died from mesothelioma.”

Donna has set up a support group called North East Stoma Girls on Facebook.

For more information, contact Donna on 07955 081012 or e-mail meardonna@hotmail.com