A six-year-old girl with a life-limiting condition has raised more than £17,000 by undertaking a gruelling walking challenge while dressed as Wonder Woman.
Carmela Chillery-Watson, from Wiltshire, has LMNA Congenital MD, a rare form of muscular dystrophy which means her muscles are getting weaker with each step she takes, and she can’t walk continuously for more than five minutes.
In September, Carmela and her mother trekked 300km over the course of 30 days to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
Carmela walked 1km a day alone on specially-designed crutches, and did the rest with the help of her mum, Lucy.
Appearing on This Morning today with her support dog, Tinker, Carmela revealed how her fundraising was both enjoyable and challenging, and viewers quickly praised the little girl, saying she walks like an ‘absolute boss’.
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Six-year-old Carmela Chillery-Watson, (pictured) from Wiltshire, has LMNA Congenital MD, a rare form of muscular dystrophy
The little girl raised more than £17,000 by undertaking a gruelling walking challenge while dressed as Wonder Woman
‘It’s fun but hard’, said Carmela. ‘We had to do 10km a day, but when I’m tired I can get in my wheelchair. The fun part is when mum comes along and plays my favourite music’.
Carmela decided to undergo the challenge after becoming a huge fan of the Wonder Woman franchise, starring Gal Gadot as protagonist Diana Prince.
Lucy explained: ‘The reason behind it is Carmela adores Gal Gadot and we were trying to think of a challenge that means more to us as a family.
‘She would love to meet Gal Gadot one day and we did a challenge, to go [the length] from here to where they filmed in Italy.’
Appearing on This Morning today with her support dog Tinker, Carmela revealed how her fundraising was both enjoyable and challenging
Carmela crossed the finish line in Wiltshire on September 30 and managed to raise £17,000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK
Carmela crossed the finish line in Wiltshire on September 30 where she was surprised by a very special visitor, Batman who delighted the little girl by giving her in the front seat of his Batmobile.
The six-year-old and her mother have been separated from dad Darren over the pandemic after he spent the first lockdown delivering Covid samples and tests to hospitals around the country.
‘Over the first lockdown Darren my husband was delivering Covid samples and tests every day in all the hospitals and all the equipment for the MOD site,’ Lucy explained.
‘Because of Carmela’s clinically vulnerable condition he didn’t want to risk any contamination, so yes [he was staying in] the shed. But it was an upper class shed, it was a cabin – so don’t give him too much sympathy!’
Carmela decided to undergo the challenge dressed as the hero after becoming a huge fan of the Wonder Woman franchise, starring Gal Gadot as protagonist Diana Prince
The six-year-old and her mother, pictured undergoing their fundraising challenge, have been separated from dad Darren over the pandemic
Viewers quickly took to Twitter to praise Carmela, with one writing: She walks like an absolute boss! Bless her.’
Another said: Aww, she’s done extremely well bless her.’
A third commented: Watching This Morning with Carmela Chillery, you rock young lady, so proud of you guys.’
Earlier this week, Carmela received supportive messages and donations from the cast of Wonder Woman 1984, including leading lady Gal, who gave £3,442 to Carmela’s JustGiving page after naming her as ‘My real wonder girl’ in a tweet.
Viewers quickly praised the little girl on Twitter, saying she’s done ‘extremely well’ and walks like an ‘absolute boss’.
What is muscular dystrophy?
The muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of inherited genetic conditions that gradually cause the muscles to weaken, leading to an increasing level of disability.
MD is a progressive condition, which means it gets worse over time. It often begins by affecting a particular group of muscles, before affecting the muscles more widely.
Some types of MD eventually affect the heart or the muscles used for breathing, at which point the condition becomes life-threatening.
There’s no cure for MD, but treatment can help to manage many of the symptoms.
MD is caused by changes (mutations) in the genes responsible for the structure and functioning of a person’s muscles.
Source – NHS