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Going BLUE for ME in 2020

Centred on ME Awareness Day on May 12th, ME Awareness Week is a time when everyone we know puts all their valuable energy into telling the world that M.E. is a real and physical disease.

Go Blue 4 ME, one of the ME Association’s most successful regular fundraising campaigns, will run again in 2020. It will be held during ME Awareness Week in May: Monday, May 11 – Sunday, May 17.

We are currently working on the full campaign and will let you know all about it as soon as we can. In the meantime you might like to consider previous events and begin to plan what you might do in 2020.

Why BLUE?  Because blue is the internationally accepted and recognised colour of M.E. Awareness. How you GO BLUE is entirely up to you… How far you go BLUE is also entirely up to you. Just do all you can to colour in this cruel invisible illness….

Here are just some ideas..

BLUE faces, BLUE hair, BLUE nails, BLUE themed raffle, 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… of perhaps a virtual BLUE Sunday. 

For more ideas, see our Events Gallery from 2019, and if you have any suggestions for an ME Association campaign in 2020, then please let Tony Britton our Fundraising Manager, know (see below).

Blue Sunday

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

Anna says,
“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.”

Real People. Real Disease. Real M.E. Making the invisible visible.

People with M.E. disappear from society and can easily be forgotten and overlooked. Our mission for ME Awareness Week is to rectify that with our Real M.E. campaign. With your help.


Here are just some of the things we organised in 2019:

  • Stories from our website – that we published featuring REAL people with M.E. These were stories from the Spring 2019 edition of ME Essential magazine and many others we helped to publish in news outlets across the UK during the course of ME Awareness Week.
  • Posters that you printed, displayed and shared on social media. Hard-copies were made available for display at home and in GP surgeries etc.
  • Images from our website gallery – not of models or people pretending to have this cruel disease, but of REAL people who suffer with it every single day.
  • We published photos with REAL quotes from those featured in our campaign as info-graphics on the website and social media and you shared them in large numbers across your networks.
  • You shared  your own images and stories and highlighted the issues you felt needed to be addressed, like research funding, medical education and medical care and support.
  • The legend of our campaign was shared far and wide across social media: “Real People. Real Disease. Real M.E.” as were the hashtags: #RealME #GoBLUE4ME #MEAwareness
  • Your efforts helped us to reach beyond our immediate community to raise awareness with those who are not directly affected.
  • For more inspiration, take a look at the 2019 Events Gallery.

Help and Support

It’s never too early to start thinking about ME Awareness Week 2020!

We’re here to help you – every step of the way!

“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!”

Tony Britton, our Fundraising Manager, will work with you to help ensure your event is the very best it can be – with ideas, moral support and those essential fundraising supplies for your event.

Just download our fundraising supplies leaflet, decide what you would like to help support your event, and email over your requirements. You can contact Tony by email, or phone him on 01406 370 293 or by mobile 07946 760 811.

The ME Association

Please support our vital work

We are a national charity working hard to make the UK a better place for people whose lives have been devastated by an often-misunderstood neurological disease.

If you would like to support our efforts and ensure we are able to inform, support, advocate and invest in biomedical research, then please donate today.

Just click the image opposite or visit our JustGiving page for one-off donations or to establish a regular payment. You can even establish your own fundraising event.

Or why not join the ME Association as a member and be part of our growing community? For a monthly (or annual) subscription you will also receive ME Essential – quite simply the best M.E. magazine!


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