12 April 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
DLA reform means £2.17 billion cut in support
The charity Disability Alliance has warned that replacing Disability Living Allowance with a new benefit, the Personal Independence Payment, will mean a £2.17 billion cut in support.
The Morning Star, online
Where’s Wally? fundraiser
Terry Rickeard will run the London Marathon dressed as Where’s Wally? to raise money for Action for M.E. To sponsor him, go to http://www.justgiving.com/terryrickeard.
Surrey Advertiser, p 15
People with M.E. could be worse off
Martin Arber, Vice President of Action for M.E., says NHS reforms that give GPs control of budgets could create a system that excludes people with long-term conditions that are difficult to treat, like M.E.
Ilford Recorder, p 9
Fluctuating illnesses hard to spot
The reassessment process Incapacity Benefit claimants are being put through doesn’t necessarily pick up fluctuating illnesses like M.E., some experts warn, and people in genuine need may be forced into work.
Crosby Herald, p 8
Thought my career was over
Michael Crawford says he was quite philosophical that his career may be over when he became ill with M.E. Moving to New Zealand to recover, he is now well enough to star in new West End show The Wizard of Oz.
The Daily Telegraph, p 25
The story of energy
Coventry poet Mary Courtney’s exhibition of work, The Story of Energy, combines poetry, painting and audio files to tell the story of her ongoing recovery from M.E. It’s showing at Friswell’s Art Gallery, Earlsdon until April 30.
Warwickshire Telegraph, p 28
Travel consultant turned writer
Fiona Murphy was forced to rethink her career as a travel consultant when she became ill with M.E. and spinal stenoisis. After applying to LifeLine, she received money for an osteopath-designed chair and laptop station. Fiona is now writing children’s poetry and a book about M.E.
TTG Travel Trade Gazette, p 29
Support in Worcesterhire
Worcesterhire M.E. Support Group holds meetings each month in Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Kidderminster, Malvern, Pershore and Worcester. For more information, call 01886 888419 or visit http://www.worcsmegroup.weebly.com
The Kidderminster & Wyre Forest Shuttle, p 33
Support in Morecambe Bay
Morecambe Bay M.E. Group welcomes new members. For more information, call 01524 888214 or visit
Westmorland Gazette, p 13
Ivana Louvana says seeing a shaman helped her relax. She now runs her own bridal jewellery business, and says she is recovering from her M.E.
Daily Mail, p 27
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