Fundraising not only raises money for the ME Association, but is also a good opportunity to raise awareness of the disease.
Anwen said, “I am only doing a tiny thing, the only thing I can think of, but it helps to actually be able to DO something, anything.”
Are you up for a challenge? Do you want to go the extra mile and help make a difference, and have some fun while you’re at it?
Perhaps you are able to embark on a physical challenge on behalf of a loved one with M.E. Or maybe you can help raise funds with craft-sales, cake-sales, tea-parties, distributing collection boxes, recycling, or even by donating that old car you have sat in the driveway?
Let us know if you have an idea of what you want to do – or even if you don’t and need some help coming up with something. We can not only help you set things up, we can also help promote your event on our website and across social media.
By fundraising for the ME Association, you’ll be joining an amazing community of people doing extraordinary things to help make the UK a better place for people with M.E.
It’s not obligatory, but many members of our fundraising community have friends or family with M.E. Others have M.E. themselves or may not even have the disease. But, the one thing that they all have in common, is that they are passionate in their desire to do something – anything – to support the ME Association and help make a difference.
We are so grateful to every fundraiser – not just for the valuable funds that they raise – but also for the awareness that comes with every single event. M.E. still has a long way to go to achieve the kind of medical recognition and social acceptance that other diseases like M.S. have obtained, and any effort on your part can help spread the word and bring us closer to these objectives.
There are many ways that you can challenge yourself to fundraise for the ME Association and have some fun at the same time. You don’t have to push yourself physically to fundraise, and for people with M.E. physical challenges are not an option anyway.
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.
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.
Weddings, anniversaries, special birthdays, and other gatherings of friends and family, can be excellent opportunities for fundraising and raising awareness. If you decide against asking for presents, perhaps ask for donations to the ME Association instead – or just ask for donations and pass round a collection plate.
If you are a talented craftsperson, or fancy trying your hand at a new hobby – as and when you are able – why not join our growing ‘Marketplace’ team of craftspeople? And, if you are looking for a special, unique, gift for someone, perhaps you might find it in the Marketplace4ME.
ME Association ‘Makers’ devote time and valuable energy to making and selling unique items to raise funds to help support our work. Please contribute to their efforts with your own, or support them by purchasing an item or two from their collection.
There are many ways in which your business or organisation can get involved in supporting the ME Association and the work that we do.
How about holding a specific event? A fun-day out? Are you having a Christmas dinner or office party? Make the ME Association your charity of choice for donations.
“Losing someone is hard. It took me a while to find the words to pay him tribute. But then, one day, they flowed, and I set up a JustGiving page in his memory.
“It felt good to seek out and share photographs of some of our most precious moments. The kind messages of support have helped to sustain me in the dark days since.”
If you feel that supporting the ME Association should be part of the celebration of the life of a loved one, then please do get in touch with Helen Hyland, our Fundraising Manager, and she will support you as best she can.
Other Fundraising Ideas
- Collection Boxes: small change can still make a real difference
- Easyfundraising: every time you shop online, a small donation is made to the ME Association – simple!
- Give a car: an easy way to get rid of an unwanted vehicle, and raise funds for the ME Association
- Printer cartridge and toner recycling: don’t throw them away, recycle, and raise funds for the ME Association at the same time
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, email@example.com, 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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