Will’s Birthday Fundraiser for Invest in ME Research

(Alex Woodvine pictured before and after Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)

Fundraiser for Invest in ME Research by Will Woodvine

As many of you know, ME has destroyed my youngest Son’s life and had a devastating impact on my family.

Alex is bed-bound for the vast majority of the day and is housebound the remainder of the time. He has lost the majority of his friends and feels isolated from the world. He faces a bleak and uncertain future.

My wife gave up a job she loved to care for Alex full time and this has had its own impact on her, with no time for Kathryn to live the life she should have.

Matthew, my eldest son, has also had to deal with the effect that ME has had on our family. This has not been easy for him at all, and is something that no teenager should have to deal with.

You can probably imagine the impact this has had on the family that I love, and how it makes me feel.

A father (and husband) is supposed to protect his family.

ME affects more people in the UK than Multiple Sclerosis but it is little heard of, misunderstood by the medical profession in general and there is no funded research into this chronic condition.

For my birthday this year, I’m asking for donations to INVEST in ME RESEARCH. I’ve chosen this non-profit for very obvious reasons, and I hope that you’ll consider contributing as a way of celebrating with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. I’ve included information about INVEST in ME RESEARCH below.

Invest in ME Research is an independent UK charity facilitating/funding a strategy of biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS) and promoting better education about ME. The charity is run by volunteers – patients or parents of children with ME. No paid staff & all work is performed for free.
We are a small charity but with a growing number of supporters with big hearts and determination to get the best possible research carried out to find the cause of ME and develop treatments. investinme.org

Click here for Will’s Facebook Fundraiser for Invest in ME Research

Best Birthday Wishes to Will and thank you for your support.

2 for 1 Matching Donations Offer

2 for 1 Matching Donations Offer justgiving.com/fundraising/letsdoitforme-2for1matching-donations

 

A generous friend of Team Let’s Do It for ME, who wishes to remain anonymous, has kindly offered to match donations to the Invest in ME Research Christmas/New Year Funding Appeal on a two for one basis.

Every £1 donated will be matched by our anonymous benefactor with a £2 donation up to a maximum of £1000 in donations = £2000 from Anon.

We’re using a JustGiving page created by Richard Kayes for this kind offer: justgiving.com/fundraising/letsdoitforme-2for1matching-donations

Please share widely.

 

2 for 1 Matching Offer – Donate Here

Thank you for supporting Invest in ME Research!
 

Big Thanks to Rotary Club of Carlisle Castle


 

Big thanks to Brian and all at the Rotary Club of Carlisle Castle for kindly donating £1000 to Invest in ME Research, raised by the club’s big event, a quiz. This has been added to the charity’s Christmas/New Year Funding Appeal.

Thanks to a staff member there may also be a matching donation from Barclays Bank.

Read this news here.

 

News of another matching donation offer shortly so watch this space.

Thank you for supporting Invest in ME Research!

Invest in ME Research Christmas/New Year Fund Appeal

Help Us Fund the Future for Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis…
 

 

Invest in ME Research has launched a funding appeal for Christmas and New Year. The Press Release is here. Please feel free to share the link far and wide.

Over this Christmas and New Year period IiMER is hoping to raise funds toward another PhD studentship and to allow more medical students to participate in research as part of building a Centre of Excellence for ME.

The charity has kindly linked to our latest JustGiving page Let’s C Research for this appeal and we will add other donations to keep a running total on the page.

You can also keep posted on the funding appeal here, where a generous £1000 donation by Bombardier Shorts of Belfast in support of Ben Scott’s fundraising for IiMER appears as the first bauble on the Christmas tree.

There is a news page here and Advent Calendar to follow.

Our Christmas 2018 page shows some ideas to help raise awareness and funds for Invest in ME Research this festive season. Please contact us if you’d like us to share your event or fundraising for the charity on our blog or social media.

This can be a very tough time of year for people with disabling chronic illness and their loved ones, so let’s make this Christmas count for ME.

Thank you for supporting the Invest in ME Research Funding Appeal!

 

Donate Here

 

Christmas Shopping
Awareness and Fundraising
Events December 2018
 

IiMER International Conference Week London 2019


 

Invest in ME Research has announced dates for events taking place in London for their International Conference Week in May 2019 on biomedical research into ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).

The second Thinking the Future conference for young or early career researchers will be on 28th May 2019.

The ninth Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium (BRMEC9) will take place over two days 29th-30th May 2019.

The above are privately held meetings for researchers from around the world to be able to discuss or share work in progress and plan future collaborations.

The fourteenth International ME Conference (IIMEC14) will be on 31st May 2019 and is open to anyone to attend by pre-paid ticket only (not at the door or on the day). A great opportunity for patients well enough to go in person, family, carers, medical and healthcare professionals, political representatives, journalists etc.

IiMER will post more details in due course of next year’s events on their conference/colloquium website, where you can also find details of past events, the Conference Reports, Journal of IiMER and the Conference DVDs, which are accredited by the Royal Colleges so that doctors may gain professional development credits for watching.

The 2018 IIMEC13 Conference DVD is available to buy at this link: http://investinme.eu/IIMEC13.shtml#dvd

Here is the IIMEC13 presentation by Professor Ron Davis of Stanford.


 

Thank you for supporting Invest in ME Research.