Let’s March on a Million!

Prof-£500kWe Can Do It for ME!

We said last month that 2015 marks the 10th year of Invest in ME charity and the 10th of their world-renowned international biomedical research conferences. Well, February was a landmark month for the Let’s Do It for ME campaign. We raced past the milestone of £500,000 – yes, HALF A MILLION POUNDS!

This has allowed Invest in ME to initiate possibly the two most important research projects for ME in the UK: a gut microbiota study in the Norwich Research Park with IFR/UEA and a project leading to a clinical trial of the rituximab drug in cooperation with UCL.

March 2015 begins with a total of £502,000 donated or raised or pledged for Invest in ME Biomedical Research Funds since we launched our campaign to help the charity fulfil its plans to establish a centre of excellence for ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis).

This means we begin March at £502,000 on the way to the next target of a magic million! How fantastic would it be to reach £1m in May 2016? A wonderful way to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Invest in ME Charity. Can we do it? With you and the help your equally amazing friends and families .. YES WE CAN!

 

Kindly summed up in last Friday’s edition of this unmissable weekly column:

“The reason I’m so proud of one of the charities I support Invest In ME is because it’s run entirely by a few volunteers who themselves either suffer with the illness or are parents of children with ME. There are no salaries; every penny that’s raised goes where it should go and alongside the Lets Do It for ME team who are also voluntary, what they have achieved is nothing short of phenomenal.

Stacy Hart, Watford Observer.

 

The Let’s Do It for ME website is being revamped and we’ll post more March updates soon. Meanwhile, you can also find us on Facebook or
follow us on Twitter @Letsdoit4ME. Do let us know if you have plans or events you’d like us to highlight or any ways you’d like to help. Our email is: fundraising4me@gmail.com Ways to simply donate are at the end of this blog.

The press release issued by Invest in ME on 21st February may be read
in full on their website or in pdf. Here’s an extract:

 

Five years ago Invest in ME created a proposal for a Centre of Excellence for translational biomedical ME research. The centre would provide clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients and training and information for healthcare staff and work collaboratively with international researchers.

With comparatively few resources the charity (all volunteers) and its supporters have established a foundation which could provide a real basis for future development and which will lead to better understanding and treatments for this physical illness.

The model we have is, with enough support, able to continue and expand and augment and achieve a real breakthrough in ME research in UK and Europe and the world.

Let’s Do It for ME is a patient-driven campaign to raise awareness and vital funds for the centre of excellence. The campaign was set up in 2011 and is run by ME patients who have the same objectives as the charity – high quality biomedical research resulting in a better understanding of the pathogenesis of ME as well as in the development of appropriate treatments. The campaign has supporters from all over the world and it has forced change through imaginative ideas, selfless efforts, dedication and positivity – a Can Do approach to a disease where so many have suffered unnecessarily for too long.

It is the Let’s Do It for ME spirit – empowerment of patients and their families for action, a Can Do approach and positive campaigning and fundraising

Together we are trying to improve the future for people with ME and their families and after reaching a milestone of £1/2 MILLION we are ready to reach our next target of £1 MILLION.

Our thanks go to the patients and their carers and friends and relatives who have campaigned for change and forced action to be taken and please join us in reaching our next target.

With enough support we can change things forever.

One small charity, one BIG Cause, one band of supporters – progress – change. “Things do not have to be the way they are – we can change things.” – Dr Ian Gibson.

Let’s Do Change. Let’s Do It for ME.

Contact: info@investinme.org
Tel: 02380 251719 or 07759 349743

 

Matched March Donations Offer

A BIG Thank You for Your Support!

 

Ways To Donate
(add Gift Aid if UK Tax-Payer)

Paypal
Use the Donate button above

Bank Transfer
Bank: Lloyds TSB Eastleigh
Sorting code: 30-92-94
Account number: 02252685

Bank Transfer from outside the UK
IBAN: GB63 Loyd 3092 9402 2526 85
BIC/SWIFT: LOYDGB21209

Cheque
Payable to ‘Invest in ME’ to:
Invest in ME
PO Box 561,
Eastleigh,
Hampshire,
SO50 0GQ

UK tax-payers can add Gift Aid to donations – Invest in ME Gift Aid form

JustGiving
(worldwide – minimum £2 donations)
https://www.justgiving.com/ldifme

JustTextGiving
(UK only)
Text: BMER99 – £1-£5 or £10 – to 70070
You can choose to add your name and Gift Aid by text if eligible
Text donations add to the totals on the Just Giving link above.

Other Ways to Help or Donate to Invest in ME
http://www.investinme.org/helpus.htm

March 9th update – IIME has kindly added the above as a newsletter on their website – http://www.investinme.org/IIME-Newslet-1503-01.htm

UPDATE Now Over £600k on Our Way to a Million!

Matched March Donations Offer!

We’ve had a brilliant response to our invitation to help us hit £1million fundraising target for Invest in ME Research Funds by May, including this very kind message from supporters who wish to remain anonymous:

“We are so impressed by the LDIfME team and all their efforts to support biomedical research into ME with Invest in ME that we would like to donate £1000 for a matching donation effort in aid of the wonderful new March on a Million challenge. Please keep up the impressive and crucial support for the charity and for ME patients”.

What a lovely surprise!

 

We share these wonderful supporters’ hope that this may inspire others to offer matching donation amounts. If so, please get in touch and we look forward to hearing from you.

The £1,000 will be added as an offline donation once a further £1,000 (excluding Gift Aid) has been raised on the JustGiving page (starts at £329). Gift Aid (extra from the government for eligible UK tax-payers donations) will be an added bonus towards the £1million fundraising target, so don’t forget to tick the box if this applies to you.

Two ways to donate for this matching offer.

JustGiving
https://www.justgiving.com/ldifme
(worldwide – minimum donation £2 – includes PayPal)
or
JustTextGiving (UK only)

BMER99 £1/£5 or £10 to 70070

You can choose to add your name and Gift Aid by text if eligible
Text donations add to the totals on the Just Giving link above.
Read more about our £1m challenge here

 

A BIG Thank You to Our Sponsors & Thank You All for Your Support!


 

Thank You for Supporting Our BIG Cause

Invest in ME Research are driving the agenda of scientific biomedical research into diagnostic tests and treatments for myalgic encephomyelitis in UK in collaboration with international researchers of world renown. 2015 marks the 10th year of amazing progress made by this small charity with a BIG cause – will you help them make it the best yet?

Let’s Do It!