4 May 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Too little support for people with M.E.
Rachel Lindan, 21, talks about living with CFS. At her lowest, Rachel says she felt suicidal, and that there is too little support and understanding about M.E., which she describes as a “life-wrecker.” Determined to keep going, Rachel will start studying art in September by spreading a one-year part-time course over two years.
Stoke-on-Trent Sentinel, p 27 and online
Destructive welfare reform
In her paper Betraying disabled people and welfare, Karen McAndrew says that, instead of enabling and supporting sick and disabled people, the Government’s welfare reforms are “destroying the fabric of national care and genuine opportunity.”
Getting more disabled people into politics
At least 65 disabled MPs would need to be elected to make the House of Commons truly representative of the electorate. The Government hopes to encourage more disabled people into politics through its new Access to Elected Office for Disabled People project. Rosemary Gilligan, who has severe arthritis and M.E., talks about her being the former mayor of Hertsmere borough council.
The Guardian (Society Guardian), p 3
Free M.E. awareness posters and leaflets
In a letter to the editor, Sir Peter Spencer, Action for M.E., asks people to display the charity’s awareness posters and leaflets during May, M.E. Awareness Month. To order free copies, contact Action for M.E. on 0845 123 2380.
Cynon Valley Leader, p 23
Cumbernauld News, p 13
Kilsyth Chronicle, p 13
Stirling Observer, p 28
East Kilbride News, p 44
Forres Gazette, p 11
Longridge & Ribble Valley News, p 6
Karen Henderson, who has CFS and a severe mobility disorder, has moved into a new property that better suits her needs, courtesy of Burnley housing organization Calico Homes.
North West Housing News, p 5-6
M.E. ended literary career
Alan Lear was a budding writer when M.E. ended his literary career in the mid-1980s. But in 2001 his Dr Who story Minuet In hell was chosen to be released as a
new Dr Who audio story, read by actor Paul McGann.
Edinburgh Evening News, p 16
Support in Mansfield
Mansfield M.E. & Fibromyalgia Support Group will mark M.E. Awareness Day on 12 May by holding a pyjama party at St John Street School, 10.30am.
Mansfield Chad, p 3
Afternoon tea fundraiser
An afternoon tea fundraiser for the Tymes Trust will be held at Westwood Baptist Church, 1.30pm, Saturday 7 May. For tickets, call 01355 234643.
East Kilbride News, p 17
A sentence of M.E.
In a letter to the editor, Dr John Greensmith asks people affected by M.E. to get involved in his project, ‘A Sentence of M.E.’, by emailing a single sentence describing life with M.E. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lancashire Evening Post, p 14-15
Western Morning News, p 12
Colchester Gazette, p 12
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