Wegener's Disease sufferer completes a 100 mile charity run

Charlie Ponder, a 26 year old newly qualified teacher, has run 100 miles for charity despite suffering from Wegener's Disease. He was diagnosed with the disease on Valentine's Day 2012 when he was just 23 years old.

Charlie has raised almost £2000 for Vasculitis UK, which supports people suffering from autoimmune diseases including Wegener's. He ran from Great Yarmouth to Huntstanton over the course of 4 days.


He hasn't let the disease reign in his ambition. If anything it has hardened his resolve and determination. Since being diagnosed he has completed a university degree, qualified as a teacher, travelled around the world twice and now run the equivalent of 4 marathons.

“The point of this run has been to prove to myself that, even though I may never be rid of this disease and it might always affect my life in some way or another, I can do anything that I set my mind to and nothing will stop me. It has been a wonderful but intensely gruelling experience.”
— Charlie Ponder

To donate to Mr Ponder visit Virgin Money Giving and search Charlie Ponder.