18 May 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
MP in pledge to raise awareness
Redcar MP Ian Swales has pledged to continue to do what he can to raise awareness of M.E. after attending Action for M.E.’s drop in event for MPs and peers at Westminster. He said: “It is very important to raise awareness of this condition.”
Teeside Evening Gazette, p 5
Torch bearer feeling nervous
A teenager with CFS has been chosen to carry the Olympic Torch on part of its journey across the UK says she is “nervous, but excited” by the prospect. Despite her illness, Elodie Lafosse, 17,who lives near Colchester, Essex, has helped raise thousands of pounds for cancer charities following the death from leukaemia of her five-year-old sister Juliette in 2002.
East Anglia Daily Times, p 2 & 3
More than 1,000 get on their bikes
Action for M.E. is among the charities set to benefit from the proceeds of the Greater Haywards Bike Ride, which attracted more than 1,000 cyclists. The event raised £14,000, with £10,000 due to go to the Yews Community Centre, and the remainder to be divided between four charities.
Mid Sussex Times, p 1
Winning rider, Rosie Allen, 17, from Perthshire, who developed CFS last year, says: “I wasn’t able to do much last year and I missed a lot of school, but I’m learning to manage it now and can recognise when I need to slow down and rest.”
Horse & Hound, p 52
Looks can be deceptive
“People think I don’t look ill, especially as I still like to do my make-up. But at the moment I m struggling to walk, and have to use a Zimmer frame or a wheelchair whenever out,” says 16-year-old M.E. patient Becca Harrington.
Lytham St Annes Express, p 50
Seven years to diagnose
It took medics seven years to diagnose Clare Cartlidge, 22, of Brockhill, Worcestershire as having M.E. She says she as just given sleeping pills and advised to take paracetamol.
Redditch Standard, p 18
“M.E. is a neurological illness that has been neglected for far too long,” Action for M.E Chief Executive Sir Peter Spencer states in a Quotes of the Month panel.
e-Protection Review, p 1
We’re asking schools, universities, shops and offices to help raise awareness and funds for M.E. by holding a Dress Gown Day – a fun fundraising idea with a serious message, writes Action for M.E. Chief Executive, Sir Peter Spencer in a letter to the Editor.
Western Morning News, p 11
Midlothian Advertiser, p 11
Wishaw Press, p 36
Running for charity
Grandfather Brian Lancaster, who has had fluctuating M.E. for more than 30 years, will be taking part in the Great Manchster Run on Sunday to raise money for the Rainbow Trust children’s charity.
Wigan Evening Post, p 11
Second opinion delay
A father has made an official complaint about delays in getting a second opinion after his 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed with M.E. Mark Compton of Canvey, Essex, said a scan showed his daughter Sydney could have liver or gall bladder disease.
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