Events and Celebrations
Fundraising events can be a great way of bringing families, colleagues, and friends together to support a cause that’s close to your heart.
Holding an event is a great way to have a lot of fun, and bring awareness of M.E. to a wider community. It can be something as simple as a cake sale or a dress-down day at work or a Skype-party with friends who also have the illness.
Our fundraisers never lack imagination and are always coming up with creative ways of raising funds that use their own special talents and abilities in a unique way.
Here are just some of the events that ran last year:
- Sinead and her daughter Amelia ran a Teddy Tombola at school, to help raise funds for the ME Association because of the impact her other daughter Katy’s M.E. has had on the whole family. Sinead and her friend, Lynette, also completed a cockney-themed walk through the streets of London.
- David’s football team hosted a tournament. He also did some baking for the meet and greet afterwards and invited donations.
- Mark organised a Christmas raffle of a limited-edition whisky in aid of the ME Association, after being inspired to fundraise when a friend was diagnosed with the illness. Mark, a keen runner, also took on other physical challenges.
- PJ Care organised a Fun Day for staff, residents and families. The photograph was kindly supplied by Jules Corry.
Raffles, street collections, charity auctions, etc. are all great fundraisers – but do please speak to Helen Hyland, our Fundraising Manager, in the first instance, as the rules for such events can be quite complex and confusing.
Weddings, anniversaries, special birthdays and other gatherings of friends and family can also be excellent opportunities for fundraising and raising awareness.
If you decide against asking for presents, perhaps ask for donations to the ME Association instead.
Jit and Joy (pictured), renewed their vows after 25 years of marriage and asked for donations to ME Association in lieu of presents.
Whatever the occasion, invite family and friends to donate to help you celebrate and to support our valuable work.
Help and Support
We’re here to help you turn your idea into reality – whatever it is you want to do – and we can give you the support you need to get started, and help promote your event, if you would like us to do so.
Whatever you decide, if you choose to raise funds for the ME Association, be sure to take plenty of photographs – we’d love to be able to report your event on our website, social media, and in our members magazine, ME Essential.
Helen Hyland, our Fundraising Manager, is here to help you every step of the way, and can also provide you with a ME Association fundraising pack if you require one.
You can contact Helen by email, or by phone, (01280 838964).
When you have decided on an activity, please consider registering it on Justgiving. It’s a convenient platform that allows you to share your event or challenge among family, friends, and throughout the wider community.
You can easily monitor how much money you are raising – can keep everyone updated – and monies raised will be automatically donated to the ME Association.
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