Over 250,000 people struggle to live with M.E. every day in the UK. It affects adults and children of all ages, all nationalities, and from all walks of life.
The disease impacts people in different ways, but is as disabling as multiple sclerosis, and can be extremely isolating. It can leave a person bed-bound, in extreme pain, unable to walk, to tolerate light, noise, or touch, and be wholly dependent on others.
In other examples, a person might be housebound, in need of a wheelchair and help to get about, the support of carers, and be reliant on welfare to support their needs. Or perhaps someone else is able to manage better, with less severe and more stable symptoms, and can work part-time, but is unable to pursue a social life, and crashes at weekends.
There is no effective treatment, and no known cure for M.E., but the ME Association supports, informs, and advocates, on behalf of people who are unable to do so themselves.
We help improve lives while we invest in biomedical research, but we need your support to ensure that we can be there to give people with M.E. the long-term support and hope they desperately need.
The ME Association does not receive government grants or other outside assistance, and relies solely on the generosity of its members, donors and fundraisers.
Fundraising not only raises vital funds but provides a useful opportunity to raise awareness…
There are now far too many to show on a single image like this, but you get the idea. It’s a fundraising community to be proud of.
Thanks guys – you were all superstars! We really appreciate all you did, and what many of you are still doing, for the ME Association.
There are many ways in which you can help support the work that we do. Here are the main ones:
From as little as £18 a year, you can become a full member of the ME Association. You’ll enjoy access to the latest community news and exclusive articles with ME Essential – our members magazine – and know that your subscription is helping to keep us doing what we do best.
Your donation will help to make a real difference where it is most needed, whether in our ongoing efforts to ensure early and accurate diagnosis, improved healthcare access and specialist provision, information about best management approaches, guidance with welfare entitlements, or investing in much needed biomedical research.
Just click the button below to visit our JustGiving page where you can make a one-off donation or establish a regular payment:
If you are a UK taxpayer, you can boost the amount of any donation – at no extra cost to you – through gift aid. And, if you are employed, you can arrange for a regular donation to come from your salary, with payroll giving.
There are many ways that you can challenge yourself to fundraise for the ME Association and have some fun at the same time.
For those champions who don’t have M.E., and want to raise money on behalf someone that does, or who have sufficiently recovered from the illness, it’s often the unusual physical challenges that provide the incentive, catch the imagination, and prove attractive to potential sponsors.
And for those who cannot, or should not, be pushing themselves physically to fundraise, we have a host of creative ideas to get you started.
Leave a Legacy
It is never too early to write a will, and including a legacy to the ME Association means that we can continue with our work, helping others, and investing in biomedical research to pursue effective treatments and a cure.
Death isn’t a subject any of us like to think about. It means that we must face up to the idea that we won’t be around forever: that one day we won’t be here anymore.
But thinking about what happens afterwards, about the legacy you want to leave, and about the difference you could still make, can be a very positive experience.
ME Awareness Week 2018
This is the week that everyone we know raises awareness of M.E. by telling the world that M.E. is a real and physical disease. It is a great time for our community to let others know that we will never be forgotten – to champion the cause of M.E. and highlight current issues.
M.E. Awareness Week was established by patient advocates and is focused on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who was believed to have suffered with M.E. This year, it will run from Monday, 7th May, to Sunday, 13th May, 2018.
This year the ME Association will be encouraging people to Go BLUE for M.E. – to shine a spotlight on this cruel disease. And we decided to focus on issues relating to employment and education.
We have just published a special ME Awareness Week – Events Guide that we help keep you informed of national and local events that you might want to support. Please let us know if you would like us to feature your event.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Donating money and fundraising can seem daunting at first. We’ve compiled a list of answers to often asked questions that we hope will help. But, if you need more support, then please contact Helen Hyland, Fundraising Manager for the ME Association.
Help and Support
How you choose to help the ME Association is entirely up to you, and we are incredibly grateful for any support you can provide.
Helen Hyland, our Fundraising Manager, is here to help with whatever you decide to do.
You can contact Helen by email or by phone (01280 838964).
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