Kate’s Christmas for Charity

Give a gift of hope this Christmas with a donation to Invest in ME Research

By Kate Chaplin

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

This year instead of a present for Christmas I would love nothing more than a donation to “Invest In ME Research”.

Invest in ME (IiME) is a charity that is looking to create awareness and research treatments for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, an illness often dismissed.
http://www.investinme.org

I have suffered from ME/CFS for many years, through ups and downs, never knowing how I will be from day to day.
The last 2 years have been my worst relapse since I was first ill, and life has stopped again.

But I live in hope of better understanding and awareness, diagnostic tests, treatment, and, of course, a cure.

So please, whatever you can afford, no matter how small, please make a donation today.

Much Love – Kate x

P.s. The photo was taken in better times.

Kate’s Christmas: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kate-chaplin

Thank you for your support!

December Doings for ME!

December Awareness and Fundraising for Invest in ME Research

Help me celebrate Life by helping a good cause.
Jon Campling: justgiving.com/fundraising/walktall4me

For a summary of Jon Campling’s activties in support of Invest in ME Research throughout 2017 see our blog Campling Can.

Follow the daily adventures of IIMER Bear in the run up to Christmas through his advent calendar on Instagram or Twitter and on Facebook via Anna Mitchell admin of Invest in ME Research Group.

Order the charity’s Christmas Cards here:
http://www.investinme.org/shop.shtml#cc

Order Five Portions of on Etsy here: etsy.com/uk/shop/FivePortionsOf
Profits from each box are kindly donated to IiME Research.

I have a few things made up ready to post as not making anything at the moment due to health and eye problems. Please take a peek & feel free to share Thanks, Lynne. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ME2UDezignz

If you’re doing any Christmas shopping online please check out our ways to Raise Funds for Free as well as our Shop tab above.

This year instead of a present for Christmas Kate Chaplin would love nothing more than a donation to “Invest In ME Research”.
Join in Kate’s Christmas on JustGiving: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kate-chaplin

During the first week of December all proceeds of the sales of any or all of my books will be donated to Invest in ME Research.
Rosalynde Lemarchand: roslemarchand.blogspot.com.es/2017/11/why-we-need-to-keep-fighting.html

You can generate an extra donation to IiME Research when you buy anything on Amazon at no extra cost to you by using this referral link.

Becca Hams’ fundraising page in honour of the late Lynn Gilderdale’s 40th birthday remains open for donations until 20th December 2017. Lynn sadly took her own life on 4th December 2008 ending 17 years of suffering from very severe ME. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lynngilderdale40

Please contact us or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter if you’d like us to highlight your awareness or fundraising for the charity Invest in ME Research.

Best Wishes for December everyone.

Thank you for your support!

Walk Tall 4 ME

Amazing actor and advocate Jon Campling has set up a new fundraising page for Invest in ME Research: justgiving.com/fundraising/walktall4me

Support Jon Campling’s Walk Tall 4 ME: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/walktall4me

Catch up on Jon’s fantastic fundraising throughout 2017 in our blog
Campling Can.

Thank you for your support!

Happy Birthday Jon Campling!

Best Birthday Wishes to Jon Campling and Big Birthday Thanks
for all he does to support Invest in ME Research!

Jon aims to raise £501 for the charity to help celebrate his 51st birthday today.

Donate to Jon’s birthday fundraising for IiME Research on
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/support-invest-in-me-for-my-birthday

Follow @joncampling on Twitter.

Find Actor Jon Campling on Facebook.

Catch up on Jon’s support for IiME Research in 2017 on Campling Can.

https://twitter.com/joncampling/status/929800731498074112

Thank you for your support!

£500 matching donations period for Movember 2017!

For this “Movember” for men’s health we have a matching donations period of up to £500! Plus I’ve included a couple of links to some interesting recent research projects which suggest gender differences in ME/CFS.

For those of you who haven’t heard of “Nomenbar for ME” it is LDIFME’s take on “Movember” awareness raising month for men’s health.

It’s true, in common with many other autoimmune diseases, that ME is more common among women than men with an approximate ratio of 4:1.  However men of all ages, races and types still suffer from it.


Do men and women suffer from different phenotypes of the disease? Researchers at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona recently tried to find out by comparing the characteristics of 1309 consecutive ME/CFS patients (Fukuda-defined). Of the 1309 patients, 119 (9.1%) were men and 1190 (90.9%) were women. The researchers found a number of significant differences between the sexes in a variety of clinical and demographic factors such as but not limited to; age of diagnosis, symptoms and coexisting conditions. It’s still impossible to say from just one such simple study whether this suggests specific phenotypes but, as the authors say, as ME is best seen as a neuro-inflammatory process and there are neuro-immune differences between the sexes it’s quite possible. Read more.

There has also been interesting findings regarding energy metabolism. It’s been proven that all ME sufferers suffer from problems with their Cytric acid cycle; basically the body’s ability to gain energy from carbohydrates. Instead it makes energy from different, lower yielding sources of energy. However it seems there’s a sex difference here too; Øystein Fluge of Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway, and his colleagues studied amino acids in 200 people with CFS, and 102 people without it. The levels of some amino acids in the blood of women with CFS was abnormally low – specifically for the types of amino acid that can be used by the body as an alternative fuel source.These shortfalls were not seen in men with CFS, but that could be because men tend to extract amino acids for energy from their muscles, instead of their blood. And the team saw higher levels of an amino acid that’s a sign of such a process.” It seems that both male and female CFS patients may have the same obstruction in carbohydrate metabolism to energy, but they may try to compensate differently,” says Fluge. Both sexes had high levels of several enzymes known to suppress pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH), an enzyme vital for moving carbohydrates and sugars into a cell’s mitochondria – a key step for fully exploiting sugar for energy. Read more.

As usual we are inviting “guest blogs” this month from men with ME telling their story. Email us at fundraising4ME@gmail.com or contact us via Facebook or Twitter if you want to participate

Visit our main Movember blog including links to all the guest blogs since 2015 ldifme.org/2015/11/01/nomenbar-for-m-e/

Visit this year’s JustGiving page solely dedicated to Movember. Remember there is a £500 matching donations period so help us reach our target to raise more for IiMER! Donations can also be made offline but please state when donating offline if it’s specifically for Movember for men’s health  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nomenbar4me

Thank you for your support!