1 June 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Judge spares M.E. patient who grew drug
A woman who had 59 cannabis plants growing in her home has been spared from jail by a Judge after he heard that she used the drug to alleviate the constant pain of her M.E. She was told by Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC at Chelmesford Crown Court that people who grew cannabis could normally expect a custodial sentence. However, he accepted that the cannabis was for her personal medical use and sentenced her to 12 months prison, suspended for two years, and a three-month 6pm to 3am curfew.
Maldon Standard, p 1 and 3
Dressing gown for charity
We’re asking schools, universities, shops and offices to help us raise awareness - and funds - for M.E. by spending a day in their dressing gowns, writes Action for M.E. Chief Executive Sir Peter Spencer in a letter to the Editor promoting our new Dressing Gown Day fundraising initiative.
Peterlee Star, p 12
Much can be done to help
Although M.E. can be a long-term seriously disabling illness for many people, there is much that can be done to help a good number of patients to make significant improvements, writes Colin Barton, Chairman of the Sussex ME/CFS Society in a letter to the Editor.
Chichester Observer, p 26
Doncaster minister Peter Amos, 64, starts his charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro tomorrow in aid of the charity Invest in ME.
Doncaster Free Press, p 21
Information on display
A display of information about M.E. will be on show at Barnsley Central Library from Wednesday 6 June to Friday 22 June. Members of the Sheffield ME Support Group will be at the library from 10.30am to noon on Friday June 22 to answer questions about the illness.
South Yorkshire Times, p 13 and online
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