11 May 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Lorraine says support M.E.
ITV’s breakfast show host Lorraine and Dr Hillary discuss M.E. The item included a brief clip from an interview with Action for M.E. President Clare Francis, plus a longer and unfortunately one-sided feature about the Lightning Process.
ITV Lorraine show
Available to view online
Don’t dismiss M.E.
Ruth Stirrup, from Bassenthwaite and Janis Houghton describes their lives with M.E. Action for M.E. highlights the need for greater understanding. Linda Danielis, Carlisle M.E. Support Group, outlines problems which range from people with M.E. ‘being put in the wrong box’ (mental health) to benefit worries caused by the shortcomings of the Work Capability Assessment.
News and Star
Mother helped daughter die after harrowing illness
Kay Gilderdale, whose daughter Lynn had severe M.E., talks about coping with the illness and how more understanding is needed. Action for M.E. is raising funds to set up a biobank for M.E. research, says Chief Executive Sir Peter Spencer, while the lack of diagnostic test and ready cure contributes to misunderstanding around M.E.
Western Morning News, p21
Also in: Oldham Evening Chronicle, p 10
Help publicise M.E. in awareness month
In letters 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.
Holderness Gazette, p13
Also in: Pendle Today online
Music for M.E.
Fiona Clark has organised a day of entertainment in Wadebridge on Saturday in aid of Action for M.E. and ME Self Help Cornwall. There will also be a cake stall for Tymes Trust. Funds raised for Action for M.E. will be matched by a family trust fund.
This is Cornwall
Hannah’s variety show for MEA
Student Hannah Miller is organising a variety show in Wickham Bishops village hall, 7pm, 14 May, to raise money for the ME Association.
Maldon Standard, p9
Can’t tolerate prescription drugs
Tim Garratt’s widow believes that her husband’s suicide was caused by psychosis resulting from his body’s inability to tolerate certain drugs. Tim had Gilbert’s syndrome, which affects the liver, as well as CFS.
Shropshire Star, p8 (main and Wales editions)
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