It is with great regret that the MEA has learnt of the premature death of Niccola Simpson, a sufferer since 1987, and a trustee from 2001 to 2003. We understand she was found dead in her flat following a heart attack.
Niccola lived in Glasgow not far from the Royal Infirmary where she made a gradual return to nursing in 1988 following her first bout of ME in 1987. She suffered a major relapse in 1995 and had to give up work altogether.
Following a prolonged struggle to get an ill-health pension, she continued to campaign for recognition of the illness, particularly amongst the nursing profession, and became known to many involved with ME across Scotland.
As a supporter of the ME Association, she was persuaded to stand as a trustee in 2001, and continued until late 2003, giving unstinting support to the board and chief executive despite the affect on her health.
Although she disagreed with the subsequent MEA board, she continued to support us as an able volunteer on the ME Connect telephone helpline until her health led her to reluctantly withdraw.
Growing up near Killearn, Stirlingshire, Niccola was heavily involved in show-jumping and training before changing career to nursing, and later became a firm supporter of reinstating the Forth & Clyde canal, (now famous for the Falkirk Wheel). Another interest was baking delicious cakes, but despite demand, she was unable to maintain the physical work involved.
The funeral is expected to be at 10.00 on Friday 9th April at Dalnottar Crematorium, near Clydebank. That is at G81 4SL, off the A82 Great Western Road, east of the Erskine Bridge junction. Family flowers only please.