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Mother is charged after ME death

Lynne Gilderdale in 2001
Lynn Gilderdale had suffered from ME for about 17 years

The mother of a prominent ME sufferer and campaigner has been charged with the attempted murder of her daughter.

Lynn Gilderdale, 31, who had suffered from ME for about 17 years, was found dead at her home in Stonegate, near Heathfield, East Sussex, on 4 December.

Sussex Police said Kathleen Gilderdale, 54, of Stonegate, had been charged with her daughter's attempted murder between 2 December and 4 December.

She has been bailed to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Following Ms Gilderdale's death her family issued a statement through Sussex Police which described her as "young, beautiful, loving and caring".

She fell ill after receiving a vaccination for TB when she was 14 years old and was diagnosed with ME after suffering from bronchitis, tonsillitis and glandular fever.

The condition, which is also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, left her bed-ridden.

The ME Association estimates that 250,000 people are affected by the condition in the UK.



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