19 May 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Save CFS unit, says 1,300-strong petition
More than 1,300 people have signed a petition to stop the closure of the specialist CFS/M.E. service at Queen’s Hospital, Romford. Signatory and patient Scott Clark says it would be a crime to close the unit.
London 24, online
Romford Recorder, online
Centre for M.E. research in Norfolk
Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North and M.E. campaigners will meet Annette Brooke, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on M.E. to discuss the possibility of establishing of a centre for M.E. research in Norfolk.
Norwich Evening News, p 3
I feel Lynn with me every minute
In an extract from her book One last goodbye, Kay Gilderdale describes how she helped her daughter Lynn, who had severe M.E. for 17 years, to take her own life. Kay says she feels Lynn with her every minute as she continues to campaign for better awareness about M.E.
Woman’s Weekly, p 16-17
New website for WAMES
The Welsh Association of M.E./CFS Support launched its new website www.wames.org.uk on M.E. Awareness day.
Wales Daily Post, p 16
Art about M.E.
Juliet Chenery-Robson, whose daughter has had M.E. for six years, showcased art work as part of an M.E. Awareness Week exhibition. Juliet, whose work investigates the disbelief surrounding the illness, is a trustee of M.E. North East.
Sunderland Echo, p 7
Good to see Joe Sayers return to game
In a letter to the editor, Jenny Gilmore says it was good to see Yorkshire cricketer Joe Sayers return to the game after months out with post-viral fatigue.
York Press, p 11
Support for the whole family
Janis Beeley tells the story of her daughter Katie to mark M.E. Awareness Week. Katie, now 17, has had M.E. after contracting glandular fever aged 11, and was has been unable to take her GCSEs. She is now in a member of the Association of Young People with M.E., which supports the whole family.
Stockport Times East, p 14
New helpline for Stockport
Stockport M.E. Group has launched in new helpline on 0845 519 4116 for people with M.E. It is a 24-hour voicemail service manned by volunteers who will respond to messages within two working days.
Stockport Times East, p 14
Story of recovery offers hope
In a letter to the editor, Angi says that Hannah Clifton’s article about her recovery from M.E. was encouraging for other readers with the illness, and urges them not to give up hope.
Woman Alive, p 6-7
Vanilla Pod Bakery fundraiser
Pia Cato, who has M.E. is raising funds for Action for M.E. from sales of cakes and cupcakes at her bakery, Vanilla Pod Bakery in Cheltenham.
Gloucestershire Echo, p 6
Library exhibition for M.E. Awareness Day
Perth M.E. Support Group hosts an exhibition at the AK Bell Library from 12 May, M.E. Awareness Day, until 21 May. The group, which meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Grampian Hotel, also welcomes new members. For more information, call Elizabeth Moncrieff on 01738 621933.
Perthshire Shopper, p 4
Childhood abuse and CFS
A research team at the University of Toronto, led by Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson, will publish a new study in this month's Journal of aggression, maltreatment & trauma that says childhood physical abuse is associated with significantly elevated rates of CFS, fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivities among women.
Medical News Today, online
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