21 May 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
MP vows to spread M.E. awareness
Speaking after attending Action for M.E.’s recent Drop In event for Parliamentarians at Westminster, Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier said: “I am keen that this condition receives as much attention as possible, in both the wider community and the medical profession.”
Fiona Murphy, 44, from Wyke Regis near Weymouth, Dorset, who was diagnosed with M.E. in 2008, has published a collection of poems for children called Down the Plughole.
Thousands face daily struggle
Extreme cases such as the death of M.E. patient Lynn Gilderdale, whose mother was cleared of attempted murder after helping her to die, hit the headlines, but the reality for the thousands of people in Sussex with M.E. is the daily struggle to lead as normal a life as they possibly can.
Brighton Evening Argus, p 12
Music and comedy
Antoinette Christie, whose son David has M.E., organised a fundraising night of music and comedy at the Emerald Roadhouse, Andersonstown, Northern Ireland, on Saturday in aid of her local support group.
Andersonstown News, p 10
Former child actress has M.E.
Childhood actress Sophie Neville,51, who played Titty in the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons aged 12, has told how her M.E. led to her keeping a diary which later became her book Funnily Enough – a humorous tale of her coping with the illness.
Westmorland Gazette, p 8
Dressing gown fundraiser
We are asking schools, universities, shops and offices to hold a Dressing Gown Day to raise awareness – and funds- for M.E. by paying to spend a day in their dressing gown, writes Action for M.E. Chief Executive, Sir Peter Spencer in a letter to the Editor.
Canterbury Times, p23
Cynon Valley Leader, p 2
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