13 June 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
National Carers Week: more recognition needed
In a letter to the editor, Liz Wood highlights National Carers Week, 13 to 19 June. Liz cares for her son Christopher and daughter Helen, who have Asperger’s Syndrome and M.E., and says more recognition of carers’ vital work is needed.
Western Daily Press, p 12-13
Budget cuts to social care to put pressure on carers
Suffolk Family Carers focuses on the reality of day-to-day life for the county’s 5,000 young carers (aged nine to 15) and 2,500 adult carers (aged 16 to 24) for National Carers Week, 13 to 19 June. Andrew Bass, young carers manager, says that budget cuts to social care will place even more responsibility on young carers, particularly those looking after someone with a long-term debilitating illness such as MS or M.E.
East Anglian Daily Times, p 6-4
Recovery stories offer hope
Steve Grant, who became ill with M.E. following a bout of gastroenteritis in 1989, praises MP Yvette Cooper for talking about her own experience of the condition. He says it’s important for stories of recovery to be heard to give hope to other people with M.E.
Western Daily Press, p 10
NHS services for people with M.E.
Mary Heslam reports on recent activity of her local M.E./CFS support group in Wigton. She also says that Action for M.E.’s recent InterAction magazine is running a questionnaire about NHS services for people with M.E., and that anyone who wants to share their thoughts with the Wigton group on this matter should contact Linda or Lawrie Cross on Linda.email@example.com.
Cumberland News, p 8
Charities warn against benefits changes
Macmillan Cancer Support and the Citizens Advice Bureau warn that changes to the benefits system, debated in parliament this week, could be devastating for people with serious health concerns at a time when they need most support.
Belfast M.E. conference
In a letter to the editor, Antoinette Christie of familyfights4me thanks the Andersonstown News for highlighting the recent M.E. conference attended by M.E. researcher Judy Mikovits and more than 100 patients and carers.
Andersonstown News, p 29
Long-term welfare benefits
A reader with M.E. says he is one of the one million people in the UK on long-term welfare benefits, and that he has lost his health, his job, his house and his dignity.
Daily Star, p 30
Taking part in sponsored cycle
Simon Kennedy, who is recovering from CFS, hopes to join five friends in a sponsored cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Help for Heroes. Simon says he may not be able to do the full journey, but just getting on the bike and taking part will be a triumph for him.
Workington Times & Star, p 9
Book about forgotten illness
Valerie Moody has written a book, Someone like me, to raise awareness of M.E. Valerie has been severely affected by the illness for many years.
Tyrone Constitution, p 13
Golfer wins championship
Pro golfer Andrew Oldcorn, who had M.E. for two years, has won the De Vere Club PGA Seniors Championship.
Newcastle Journal, p 48
Complex barriers to learning
Lapwing Suffolk provides individual programmes and mentors for young people with complex barriers to learning, including autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and M.E. The charity aims to help young people re-engage with learning, and back into education or employment.
East Anglian Daily Times, p 35
Land’s End to John O’Groats
Richard Jackson and Gareth Hill have raised £2,000 for the M.E. Association by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 12 days.
Workington Times & Star, p 5
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