ME Awareness Week – Going BLUE for M.E!
This is the week that everyone we know puts all their valuable energy into telling the world that M.E. is a real and physical disease.
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 this 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!
Go Blue for M.E.
Here are a few ideas of how you can use this special week to raise awareness of M.E. with planned events – and fundraising activities – with the ‘Go Blue’ theme.
- 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…
Anna Redshaw launched her Blue Sunday tea parties back in 2013, and they have been going strong ever since.
She said, “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.
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
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 – with fundraising supplies, advice, moral support, and much more. You can contact Helen by email, or by phone (01280 838964).
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