OCD sufferer is face of Africa charity

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A former beauty queen who appeared on the Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners TV show is using her new-found fame to raise awareness of an African charity and the illnesses she has spent her life fighting.

Kelly Waite, 35, from Trimdon, achieved fame after starring in the Channel Four show last year and wants to use the opportunity to promote two causes close to her heart.

Miss Waite, who is battling obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) along with chronic fatigue syndrome; myalgic encephalopathy; hypothyroidism; hashimotos and fibromyalagia, has become an ambassador of children’s charity The Dream Foundation of Uganda. The charity aims to care for, educate and support orphaned children in Kampala.

Miss Waite said: “I have been the ambassador for the last two or three years which came about because I used to do a lot of charity work through the beauty pagents.
 “I was contacted by the founder Kimuli Morgan via Facebook in 2011, who asked me to be the ambassador, but now that I have been on a couple of TV shows I just think I have more of a chance to promote it.

“The foundation has a school and orphanage for children whose parents have died from HIV.

“I am hoping people can help in any way they can. If anyone or any businesses want to make a donation, they can do so directly through the website.”

Miss Waite, said taking part in the show helped with her own OCD, which she was diagnosed with 10 years ago.

She said she now cleans less and has since set up her own Facebook support group called; Kelly Waite Chronic Illness Support Group, in the hopes of raising awareness of invisible illnesses.
 She said: “The show did help me and help with my OCD as it made my symptoms a lot less than they were. I have set up a support group for people who have OCD and other invisible illnesses who just want to talk to someone.”

For more information, visit: www.thedreamfoundationuganda.org or Facebook: Kelly Waite UK Ambassador for the Dream Foundation Uganda.