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Action for M.E. needs budding designers

August 01, 2016

Are you a budding designer? Could you use your skills to help highlight M.E.?

Action for M.E. is thrilled to be taking part in Beauty Unseen, an event that aims to raise awareness of the impact of social exclusion and isolation through music, dance, film and cutting-edge fashion – but we need your help.

As part of the event, we have been asked to design a handbag that highlights our charity and encourages donations. We’d love to hear from anyone who would like to suggest or submit a design, so please get in touch.

We got involved in Beauty Unseen when Marianne Guiterrez nominated us as her chosen charity, having been diagnosed with M.E. in 2003. Marianne is one of nine individuals who are taking part in the event with the support of designers including Vivienne Westwood. All have direct personal experience of an illness, disability or long-term health condition.

“I had severe cramp that was agony, severe palpitations that I thought were a heart attack, terrible bowel problems, indigestion and lack of sleep,” says Marianne, recalling her initial M.E. symptoms. “I was unable to formulate sentences, unable to understand what was being said, unable to walk far. My family didn’t fully understand and thought if I was allowed to rest I would be fine later.”

Marianne has now recovered from M.E. and is taking part in Beauty Unseen to highlight the impact of the condition, and offer hope to others.

Sonya Chowdhury, Chief Executive, Action for M.E., says: “We are hugely grateful to Marianne for choosing Action for M.E. as her charity. In supporting her to take part in the Beauty Unseen live show, we can see her determination and hope shine through. M.E. has a considerable impact on those living with its disabling symptoms. Raising awareness of this, as Marianne is doing, is key to helping those affected access the care and support they need.”