My name is maz, I've been a vegan, animal rights activist and hunt sab for 30 years, with 33 arrests under my belt lols. I have also been on earth first actions, anti fascism, homelessness, and many other political actions, I once invaded New Zealand by accident :O).
Ten years ago whilst being a wildlife medic and a marine mammal medic (I was part of the Thames whale team) I became ill and was diagnose with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) and my life changed from the day I was diagnosed. I went from being a very active person with certain limitations (I also have arthritis in my spine and prolapse discs, a hunt used to call me "Bad Back"? ), to being able to do very very little and spending most of my time at home in bed etc ...
So thats why I'm doing a gofundme, to try and get the funds to get a vehicle to try and redefine myself. The idea is to be able to go to sanctuaries, do my legal workshops at festivals, and go to animal rights events , demos etc etc .. I'd like to do a talk on the animal rights movement from the late eighties to the early naughties and getting a van would help me do that. What I'm after needs to be able to fit my mobility scooter in it and I also need it to be kitted out with basic campervan stuff like bed, stove, sink etc nowt fancy ;O)
Some people have asked why don't I use my benefit to get a vehicle? Well, that is quite simple, I don't smoke, drink, party, etc I pay my bills and after paying my bills I don't have enough over to buy a vehicle but will have enough to maintain one and keep it on the road, disabled people do not get a free vehicle, we have a choice to get a car and the cost is taken off our benefit or keep the extra and use that to get around (taxis etc ...).
Well, there's my explanation why I've set up a gofundme page. Help if you can, but no worries if you cant as I know we're all skint at the mo xxx maz