ME Awareness Week

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Going Blue for M.E.!

This is the one week of the year when everyone we know puts all their valuable energy into telling the world that M.E. is a real and physical disease.

ME Awareness Week will run from 6th to 12th May 2019 with many activities focused on ME Awareness Day itself (Sunday 12th May).

  • Our fundraising team will work with you to help ensure your event is the best it can be.
  • We will also provide practical support in the form of leaflets, balloons, collection boxes, posters and our iconic t-shirts.

How you GO BLUE is entirely up to you…

Just do what you can, where you can, to help raise awareness and inform others of the issues faced by our neglected community.

Just do what you can, where you can, and have some fun at the same time. We will be here to support you, every step of the way!

Inspiration from past events…

Here are a few examples of how others have previously used this special week to raise awareness of M.E. You might like to use them for inspiration and future ideas….

Some Ideas:

  • BLUE faces
  • BLUE hair
  • BLUE nails
  • BLUE raffles
  • BLUE profile photographs on social media
  • BLUE tongues
  • BLUE balloons tied to garden gates
  • Bake sales, plant sales, tea parties, supermarket and shopping centre collections, walks, concerts, orienteering, fun days…

Blue Sunday

Anna Redshaw launched her Blue Sunday tea parties back in 2013, and they have been going strong ever since.

Anna commented,
“I invited friends and family to join me for afternoon tea and asked for small donations of the price people would expect to pay for a pot of tea and a slice of cake in a coffee shop.

“As many of my fellow sufferers are too poorly to travel, I held a virtual tea party too, where people could join in online. I uploaded photos and videos of the event being held at home so that even those stuck in bed on the other side of the world could join in.”

ME Awareness Week 2018 – Events Gallery

2018 was our most successful ME Awareness Week to date. If you are looking for ideas of what you could do, or if you would simply like to see all that was done on your behalf by so many, then please do visit our special gallery.

Read more…

ME Awareness Day – The Birthday of Florence Nightingale

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.

“From 1857 Nightingale found herself often disabled by poor health, which some suggest may well have been Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS). As a result, Nightingale now has been adopted as a kind of patron saint by for this under-studied disease. CFS sufferers… commemorate her birthday as a kind of rallying point; their own lamp in the dark.”

Help and Support

Here to help you – every step of the way!

We’ll 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).

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