Alison is a 23 year old Speech and Language Therapy student in her final year at the University of Manchester. Alison is a real inspiration to me, to her extended family and her many friends. Since childhood she has had asthma, which, although serious at times, has not stopped her from playing hockey and other sports for her school and local clubs. She has always enjoyed being active, getting involved with local organisations and helping others. In 2006, she developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Despite her exhaustion, weakness and depression, she managed to complete her A levels and obtain a place at the university of her choice. Always pushing herself , Alison got through four years of strenuous study, finding the energy to do voluntary work with children in the UK and in India, where she helped to improve the lives of children with speech defects. Recently Alison was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and is awaiting a hip operation. Last week she pushed through the pain barrier to complete the Great Manchester Run, raising money for a charity which helped her during the difficult years when she suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She's a loving, generous young woman who has inspired me, her mum, all her life. I am often amazed at her resilience and her willingness to go the extra mile for herself and others. Alison is a fabulous example to others who have health problems or disabilities and I believe she would be a worthy torch bearer.