Team Catherine’s Christmas Cracker

These girls did!

Team members: FFion Hicks, Verity Ballard, Sophie Martin, Claire Bloomer, completed the Weston Athletic Club Christmas Cracker 10k run in aid of Invest in ME Research for their friend Catherine Halford.

Catherine’s Story

I was first diagnosed with ME at the age of 12 after having glandular fever,  I did not recover from this so many months of hospital visits led to my diagnosis. This had a big impact on my teenage years spending much of my time unable to join in with school activities and general growing up.  I was always very active and enjoyed many sports. I spent 5 years managing my health along with my education with lots of support from my family.  Much of my time was spent in bed unable to move and many nights of severe pain.  I was then very lucky and things started to get easier for me, my pain levels went down and I had more energy.  As the years went on I was able to lead a relatively ‘normal’ life with my ME in the background.  I was well enough and able to train for and run the London Marathon which is an achievement I am very proud of and can only dream about doing again.  In 2018 I caught the flu, this hit me hard and with my immune system hitting a low my ME was re-triggered.  This has been life changing for me, I have had to give up a job I love, my hobbies and can not always be there for my husband and children as much as I would like.  I spend my days trying to manage my illness once again while being there for my family.  I would love to be out running again but this is just not a possibility.  My lovely friends are running the 10k Christmas Cracker in order to raise money to support a fantastic charity.  I am so grateful to them and charities that support ME, one day treatment and a cure will be found to stop many others going through these life changes due to the illness.

Invest in ME Research is an independent UK charity finding, funding and facilitating a strategy of biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS).The charity is run by volunteers – patients or parents of children with ME – with no paid staff.Overheads are kept to a minimum and all funds raised to go to promoting education of, and funding for biomedical research into, ME.Our efforts are focused on setting up a UK Centre of Excellence for ME which will provide proper examinations, diagnosis and in time treatment(s)/cure(s).

WAC Christmas Cracker 10k:

Big thanks Team Catherine and all supporting Invest in ME Research!

✨Christmas Shopping and Fundraising for Invest in ME Research✨

Hay’s Book Giveaway for Donations over £10!

Author Hayley Green (Hay Baker) will send you any one of her paperback books of your choice as a thank you for any donations over £10 to her Facebook Fundraiser. You can see all of her books here on Amazon.

If you decide to buy any items on Amazon, please remember to use this referral link or sign up to Amazon Smile to generate an extra donation to Invest in ME Research at no extra cost to yourself.

Browse our bookshelf of other books kindly sold
with part or full royalties to Invest in ME Research.

Hayley is a long term ME sufferer, which is the topic of Day 4 of Invest in ME Research Advent Calendar and includes video of a presentation at the charity’s 6th conference by Dr. David Bell on his 25 year follow up of patients who initially fell ill during an outbreak in 1985.

It’s Day 4 of the free to enter easyfundraising contest to win prizes for you and donations for Invest in ME and still time to nominate the charity to a win £1,000 prize from Ecclesiastical specialist insurers.

✨Seasonal Shopping and Fundraising for Invest in ME Research✨

Thank you for supporting Invest in ME Research!

Giving Tuesday News

We couldn’t let this day go by without taking the opportunity to thank everyone generously giving of your precious time, extraordinary efforts, sheer genius and money, to support the work of the volunteer-run UK charity Invest in ME Research and, especially as far as the Let’s Do It for ME campaign is concerned, joining us in enabling the charity’s Centre of Excellence projects to get underway and ongoing.

You are all much appreciated, whether you are a well friend and run a mountain marathon, or are bedbound and feel like you run a mountain marathon every day, supporting by sharing posts and links online.

We highlight a few of these current endeavours today.

Rebeccah Prince’s innovative Five Portions Of Etsy shop closes on 12th December. Five Portions Of is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Rebecca also created a Facebook fundraiser today.

“I am holding a Pop-up Christmas Fair at my house for friends, family and local residents with my stall selling unique themed gift boxes which I put together under the name of Five Portions Of, lovely artisan stalls and a Christmas cafe to raise money for Invest In ME Research. This is my second fair and last year I raised a coupe of hundred pounds for Invest In ME Research. If you are unable to make it to the fair and would like to donate please use this fundraiser. I myself have been a participant in the Gut Bacteria studies by Invest In ME Research so it is a charity that is very important to me.” Read more…

Please send Jane Hurst a private message on Facebook if you’d like to buy a pack or two of her gorgeous nature photo cards.

Thanks again to Jane’s family who braved the cold for another sale of her cards, kindly hosted by O’Flynn’s Budgens in Poringland and with proceeds to Invest in ME Research.

Thanks also to Emma for her stunning 2020 Calendar (sold out) and Chris, whose Unique Gifts from Squirrel Woods raised £574.00!

Choose from a range of lovely jewellery handcrafted by Lynne available on Etsy at ME2UDezignz.

Christmas to a T? The amazing Mama Chill’s limited edition design for men and women available to buy online from her shop on Dizzyjam.

Invest in ME Research shone the spotlight on the brilliant efforts of Jen Govey on Day 3 of their Advent Calendar. Jen joined Team Let’s Do It for ME last year with her absolutey fabulous awareness and fundraising idea #DressForME. She’d love you to join in the fun if you’re well enough to do fancy dress or cosplay or simply like and share.

Day 3 of easyfundraising’s £5k win-win Advent Calendar contest, and still time to nominate IiMER to win £1k in Ecclesiastical’s 12 Days of Christmas.

Finally, one thousand thank yous to the donor of £1,000 to Invest in ME Research lighting up their Christmas Funding Tree!

Happy Giving Tuesday everyone and thank you for your support!

PRESS RELEASE: £500k Pledged by IiMER!

Invest in ME Research has announced a pledge by the charity of £500,000 to the biomedical ME research underway at Norwich Research Park.

As far as we know, this is the largest single pledge for biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis ever made by a charity in UK!

IiMER Press Release
Quadram Institute News

The pledge covers joint funding of a PhD position in partnership with University of East Anglia and over 70% of the required funding for a clinical trial of Faecal Microbiota Transplantation being performed alongside other high-quality biomedical research at Quadram Institute.

Invest in ME Research pledged £435,000 towards the FMT trial earlier this year, so this new pledge represents an increase, thanks to the efforts of the charity and their supporters, including patients, carers, parents, friends and families affected by this disease. On their page describing the recent Centre of Excellence projects, IiMER write,

“The efforts of our supporters are exemplified in the Let’s Do It For ME campaign – started by three severely affected patients from their homes. They have enlisted friends and families to join with Invest in ME Research to create a grassroots movement to fund biomedical research into the disease, and thereby compensating for the meagre offical funding that has been given to research into ME over the years.

Invest in ME Research will now have funded or part funded five PhDs performing research into ME and working in partnership with researchers to initiate a foundation of high-quality research in one of the largest and most prestigious research parks in Europe.” Read more:

The press release is announced on Day 2 of the charity’s Advent Calendar.

Together we have helped raise and pledge over £900,000 for Invest in ME Research since the Let’s Do It for ME campaign launched in support of the charity’s plan to establish a UK/European Centre of Excellence for ME.

This includes a hugely generous pledge to the charity from The Hendrie Foundation towards a clinical treatment trial and their substantial donation to the B-cell ME research performed at UCL. We are enormously grateful to the foundation and to everyone supporting the development of the Centre of Excellence for ME and the ongoing research there.

Thank you all so much for supporting Invest in ME Research!

Let’s keep doing it for ME!

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Invest in ME Research

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Christmas Contests, Fundraising, Shopping

Christmas Tidings

News and Ways to Support Invest in ME Research

Invest in ME Research launched their Christmas / New Year Funding Appeal on Day 1 of the charity’s 2019 Advent Calendar.

This year’s appeal aims to raise funds towards the UK clinical trial of FMT for ME (faecal microbiota transplantation as a potential treatment for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) planned to begin in 2020 at Norwich Research Park, hub of the UK/European Centre of Excellence for ME.

The charity has kindly linked to our page for donations.

As Wonderful is a fee-free fundraising platform, and as Invest in ME Research is run entirely by volunteers, every penny of your donation helps to fund the clinical trial. You can add Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer, adding 25% value to your donation at no extra cost to you.

Look for the IiMER advent calendar during the run up to Christmas day – a different story every day. Look especially for the second day of December!

Other Ways to Support Invest in ME Research

✨Send Christmas or New Year eCards via and donate the cost of greeting cards to Invest in ME Research.

✨Nominate Invest in ME Research (charity number 1153730) to win £1,000 in Ecclesiastical’s 12 Days of Giving competition.

✨Enter easyfundraising’s Advent Calendar contest for free to be in with a chance to win daily prizes and £5,000 to spend at John Lewis & Partners on Christmas Day. You can also win donations – including a £5,000 donation on Christmas Day – for Invest in ME Research!
You don’t have to shop. To enter, just visit the easyfundraising Advent Calendar and click the day’s window. Go back every day for a chance to win each day’s prize. It’s as simple as that!

✨See all ways to raise funds for free for Invest in ME Research when shopping online, recycling etc.

✨There has been a good deal of interest in WE – a Community and ME – a new booklet recently produced by Invest in ME Research thanks to an Awards for All grant. A number of copies are now distributed to five other countries. If you would like a copy for yourself or as a gift to help others to understand issues with ME, email the charity at

✨As Invest in ME Research say in their December newsletter, if there are 250,000 people with ME in UK then that is a powerful lobby. The general election is another chance for patients and families to ask prospective candidates what actions they propose to address the serious issues affecting people with ME. Scroll the charity’s page for info
The Let’s Do It for ME page on the recent parliamentary debates on ME research and treatment is here.

“We would like to thank all of our supporters who made incredible efforts in fundraising over the past months.”
Read more from Invest in ME Research December 2019 Newsletter
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