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Walk with M.E. 2020

Walk with M.E. 2020

Walk with M.E. 2020 officially began on 1 February and we’re really looked forward to the next 100 days of the campaign!

If you’ve not yet signed up but want to be a part of Walk with M.E. don’t worry, there’s still time. You can find information about the event below, and you can sign up quickly and easily online.

We are delighted to announce that a generous family trust has offered to match-fund every penny raised by Walk with M.E. – which means everything you raise will be doubled!

What is Walk with M.E.?

Walk with M.E. is a sponsored walk with a twist: everything is done as a team. Starting on Saturday 1 February, team members count their steps for 100 days and add them together to make one grand team total, aiming to reach one million steps between them.

Last year, Walk with M.E. saw people like you raise almost £14,000 to support our vital work. Can you help make 2020’s Walk with M.E. our best yet? Sign up now or email the fundraising team.

Walk with M.E. was created by Natalie Heron, an Action for M.E. fundraiser who wanted to create an inclusive event for people with M.E., she came up with a team event which allows people with M.E. to work with friends and family to combine their steps over a 100 days. We're really grateful for the hard work put into launching the campaign and for allowing us to continue it and continue raising awareness and funds to support our vital work.

  • Taking part as a team. If you have moderate or mild M.E., having a team around you means there’s no pressure to do more than you can. Whether you can walk one step or 100 steps, they all count towards the total. Pace yourself, contribute as many steps as you can (not more than your health will allow), and at the end you and your team will have a total you’ve reached together. If you aren’t able to walk any steps at all, you can take part by encouraging your team and spreading the word to maximise sponsorship. Walk with M.E. 2020 starts on Saturday 1 February and ends on M.E. Awareness Day, Tuesday 12 May. Over this time your team will be counting steps and collecting donations, helping make this year our best Walk with M.E. yet. If you’d like to take part, please register (see above) and start inviting friends, family and colleagues to join your Walk with M.E. team. Don’t forget, every penny raised as part of Walk with M.E. will be doubled, thanks to the match-funding support of a generous family trust.
  • Walking in honour of... One in four people with M.E. are so severely ill they are house or bed-bound, too ill to take even a single step. If you have a friend, family member or colleague living with M.E., you can take part in Walk with M.E. in their honour. By doing so, you’re raising vital funds and recognising the value of those from whom the condition has taken so much.

You can follow us on Instagram and Facebook, where we’ll be sharing photos, updates and competitions throughout the campaign. You can email us your photos and stories from your walks and fundraising.

If you're fundraising online, you can connect to our JustGiving Walk with M.E. 2020 campaign page.

Fundraising materials and step counters

Click below to download free fundraising materials, or get in touch with the fundraising team for other items such as collection tins or awareness raising leaflets.

Sharing your Walk with M.E. story

Sharing your experience of M.E. is a powerful way of helping raise awareness of the condition and its impact. It also helps others living with M.E. know that they are not alone. If you are interested in sharing your story on our website, in one of our publications, featuring in one of our campaigns, or being a media case study (someone we contact when a journalist gets in touch, asking to speak to someone affected by M.E.), please just take a couple of minutes to complete our case study form online.

We would never give out your contact details to a journalist without contacting you first to check that it’s OK, and you can stop being a case study at any time just by letting us know at fundraising@actionforme.org.uk or 0117 937 6626.

Sign up now

If you’d like to sign up for Walk with M.E. 2020, you can do so here. Alternatively you can email our fundraising team or call on 0117 937 6626. You’ll receive a free welcome pack filled with tips and fundraising materials, have the full support of our fundraising team and get the chance to connect with other Walk with M.E. teams, too.