31 Days in May

New book of poems for May ME Awareness Month

by The French Femme

Rosalynde Lemarchand is pleased to announce the publication of her new book ’31 days in May’ under her nom de plume The French Femme.

Ros’s new book of 31 short poems about the reality of living with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) has been especially written for May ME Awareness Month.

Each day in May Ros will be sharing a poem from the book, so keep an eye on her blog or Facebook page or @frenchros on Twitter.

All proceeds from the book will be donated to Invest in ME Research and the charity’s Chairman, Kathleen McCall, has written the foreword. Ros has set up a JustGiving page Rosalynde’s 31 days in May for donations to the charity.

Ros writes,

Please feel free to share my blog and any of my poems.

I don’t write and publish my poetry to make a living but rather to increase awareness and understanding and to help others who suffer like myself.

It takes a great deal of time and effort and there is always payback on my health. 

I hope my collection of poems convey a strong and simple message. I want better understanding and support. I want the suffering to end.

Please support me and Invest in ME Research.

Thank you.

À bientôt
from the French Femme
xxx

The book is available in both paperback and kindle versions on Amazon in many countries throughout the world. Links to some of these are in Ros’s blog: roslemarchand.blogspot.com/2019/04/31-days-in-may.html

If buying anything from Amazon UK you can generate an extra donation to Invest in ME Research by using this referral link or via Amazon Smile.

Merci Beaucoup!

Thank you for supporting Invest in ME Research!

IiMER Wins £5000!

You did it for ME! A whopping £5,000 donation was presented by Laurence on behalf of Health Games to Invest in ME Research Chairman Kathleen McCall today thanks to you nominating and voting for the charity.
 

 
Kathleen said, “This is all about our wonderful supporters. Health Games mentioned how overwhelmed they all were with the support shown by IiMER supporters and the lovely comments. Very many thanks to you all.”

Health Games announced the winner on Facebook.
 

 
We’ve added this generous £5,000 to the offline donations on our Let’s C Research JustGiving page where we’re keeping a running total of funds raised towards our current crowdfunding target for the IiMER Centre of Excellence programme of biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

Huge thanks to Health Games and all who nominated and voted for Invest in ME Research. Thank you so much for your support!
 
Thanks also Kieran James and Eastleigh News!


 

Let’s C Research!

 

The £1 Challenge for Invest in ME Research

We’ve set a new text donations fundraising challenge ending 31st March 2019.

This is the date that all JustTextGiving codes will be deactivated as JustGiving is ending its partnership with Vodafone.

The challenge is for as many people as possible to donate just £1 to Invest in ME Research adding up to a lot of money for the charity’s Biomedical Research Fund to establish medical tests and treatments for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

We’re using the JustTextGiving code APFR99 for this challenge.

This text code is linked to our One Day – One Pound JustGiving page.

The text option is UK only but anyone may donate via the JustGiving website from a minimum of £2 (to £100,000!): justgiving.com/fundraising/onedayonepound

The total raised on the JustGiving page is currently over £7,000 (including text donations) so we’ve set an ambitious target of £10,000 to be reached by the time JustGiving deactivates the text codes on 31st March.

Let’s see if we can do it for ME!

Please share widely as every £1 brings us closer to a cure.

If you’re on Facebook we’ve created event pages for 1st February and 1st March but donations are welcome on any day until the end of March for this fundraiser.

 

Best Wishes for 2019 everyone and thank you for your support!

Merry Christmas!

With best wishes and many thanks to everyone supporting our fundraising for the
Invest in ME Research Christmas / New Year Funding Appeal.

As the charity explains on Day 24 of their Advent Calendar for ME the main objective of the appeal is to raise funds for another PhD studentship and further the development of A Centre of Excellence for ME.

Merry Christmas everybody and thank you for supporting Invest in ME Research!

 

Work for Good: Matching Donations until Christmas!

Offer for businesses donating for the first time through Work for Good.
 

 

Invest in ME Research is a charity member of Work for Good, a social enterprise created to make it easy for businesses to incorporate philanthropy into their day to day work and to donate to charities through this platform.

A very generous donor (who wishes to remain anonymous) has pledged to double donations via Work for Good from now until Christmas.

The match donor will double a maximum of £1,000 per business, first come first served, whilst funds remain for any business making donations through the Work for Good platform for the first time.

“This gives you and your business a great opportunity to make your first donation(s) to the causes you care about through Work for Good. By doing so, your money will go further since we’ll match what you give. How’s that for an early Christmas present?!” More here.

Work for Good is the brainchild of Rupert Pick, who was inspired to give back to the amazing hospital staff who care for his daughter Ottie. Ottie was born 10 weeks premature, weighing less than 3lbs and with two rare genetic conditions that affect both her bones and her heart. When Rupert decided to donate the fees from his next workshop to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, it made him wonder about all the wonderful things that could happen if only more businesses chose to give through their work. Read more here, how it works for businesses here, FAQs here and find the Invest in ME Research page here.

Best Christmas Wishes to Ottie, Rupert and all involved at Work for Good.

Please spread word of this opportunity and the kind matching donations offer to any businesses you may know. Let’s #DoGoodatChristmas!

Thank you for supporting Invest in ME Research!

 
P.S. Don’t forget the PayPal Matching Donations on Giving Tuesday starts just after midnight tonight so be quick to hit the donate button before the max £50,000 for all charities is reached.