Walk for ME aims to raise awareness of ME/CFS alongside raising money for ME charities focused on biomedical research into the causes of ME/CFS.
Walk for ME 2013 had walkers across the UK as well as in Ireland, Spain, New Zealand, and both coasts of America and in total raised £11,694.40 including gift aid. Wherever you are, we hope you will become involved this year!
The idea behind Walk for ME is that friends, family and loved ones of an ME sufferer do a sponsored walk on their behalf: hence the name Walk for ME or Walk for me. It is hoped that as many friends and loved ones as possible will do a sponsored walk during ME Awareness Week which runs from 11th May to 17th of May.
A significant number of people with ME/CFS are bed-bound, house-bound or can only walk short distances. One of the tragedies of ME/CFS is that it is effectively an invisible illness as so many are too ill to work, raise awareness of the illness or raise money for research. We hope Walk for ME can help address all these issues by raising awareness and vital funds for research into ME.
We hope this will be a fun but poignant event. Family and friends can choose to walk any distance they choose; it could be 1 mile, 5 miles, or 10 miles or whatever feels appropriate. The whole idea is that the friend or family member is doing something that their loved one would love to be able to do but can’t. We really hope that by doing this on their behalf and raising sponsorship money it will help raise awareness of this debilitating illness.
People with ME often have friends and loved ones saying they feel helpless and they wish there was more they could do to help. This is their chance!