16 January 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated
M.E. patient behind new tourism information site
A new website is being set up to provide individually-tailored information for disabled people about thousands of tourist sites across Britain. The London-based Underdog Trust is on the look-out for ten young unemployed people to work on a voluntary basis to help scan in around 250,000 images. They will work with the survey’s founder Marg McNeil, who has M.E., who has been compiling information on UK attractions, locations and landmarks since 1971.
PA News Wire
Neil aiming for peak fitness
Seven years ago council consultant Neil Bailey struggled to walk from his front door to his garden gate with the aid of sticks because of his M.E. Now the 40-year-old from Little Waltham, Essex, is training with his dog Freddie to complete the Five Peaks Challenge which involves treks up the highest mountain peaks in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic all within 55 hours. Neil, who has already achieved several physical challenges, says the key to his success is to take things ‘nice and slowly.’
Essex Chronicle, p12
Attempts to deny disabilities are real is one of the most pernicious forms of discrimination faced by disabled people, writes David Gillon of Chatham, Kent in a letter to the Editor.
Northern Echo, p15
Not too late for a resolution
It may be half way through January, but it is not too late to make a New Year’s resolution says long-term M.E. patient Alexa Warner of Ferndown, Dorset, who is holding a New Year’s Resolution Fair on January 28. Mother-of-two Alexa has recently set up her own business called Positively Life Coaching after gaining confidence through volunteer work with the charity HomeStart.
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