Walk with M.E. is a sponsored team walk, specially designed for people affected by M.E. and their friends and families. This year, every penny raised through Walk with M.E. is being doubled.
It’s the brainchild of Action for M.E. fundraiser Natalie, who was diagnosed in 2010. Twelve months on, Natalie has kindly agreed to us launching Walk with M.E. 2018 – and we’d love you to get involved.
We're asking our supporters to set up Walk with M.E. teams, who will each walk a total of one million steps over 100 hundred days, ending on M.E. Awareness Day. That’s an average of 10,000 steps per day, which is “quite achievable for most, but a lot for someone like me,” explains Natalie.
“Each and every day I'm reminded of my diagnosis through symptoms which range from an overwhelming sense of fatigue with a wonderful dash of brain fog and excruciating pain,” she says. “Many people with M.E. are bed-bound, house-bound or only able to walk short distances. However, I have been able to regain some form of active lifestyle, with the support of those close to me. The idea for Walk with M.E. came out of this, to raise awareness and vital funds for further support and research into this debilitating illness.
“Walk with M.E. is therefore designed to be completed in teams, which means my team mates can help me out and donate their steps to help me achieve my target of one million steps in 100 days.”
The aim of Walk with M.E. is that each individual team walks one million steps in total, collecting sponsorship to donate to Action for M.E. The money raised will fund our vital information and support services for people affected by M.E., including our peer-support forums for children with M.E. and their parents, helping them feel less isolated.
To be part of Walk with M.E., simply follow these five easy steps:
Action for M.E. are grateful for the support of a generous family trust, who will double the money raised by every team taking part in Walk with M.E.
This will mean every penny your team raises will be worth twice as much, helping us achieve even more change for people with M.E.
We want Walk with M.E. to be a positive experience that empowers people with M.E. to help us achieve change, but we understand that for some even one step may be too many.
The concept of teams taking part in honour of those whose symptoms prevent them from taking part was one that existed from the very start, with healthy or less severely affected team members donating their steps to support those they care about to achieve the overall goal.
We’re keen to hear how Walk with M.E. and our other fundraising could better represent those severely affected by M.E. Please share your thoughts with the team by email, call us on 0117 927 9551 or write to us at Action for M.E., 42 Temple Street, Keynsham BS31 1EH.