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Celebrating ten years of Forward M.E.

October 23, 2018

Margaret, Countess of Mar marks ten years of Forward M.E. today, meeting with staff and Trustees from the charities with which she collaborates, including Action for M.E., at the House of Lords.

Speaking at the very first Forward M.E. meeting in 2008, Margaret said: “I have been in the House of Lords for very nearly 33 years. I have taken an active role in some successful campaigns and have watched the progress of other winners. What comes to my mind immediately is that they have always been supported by a united, informed and determined base of people who want to win.”

Since then, M.E. charities in the UK have collaborated with Margaret under the Forward M.E. banner. Most recently to highlight the urgent need for a full review of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guideline for M.E./CFS, and taking an active role in the scoping and consultation process. Regular meetings see Margaret invite a range of professionals from the health, social care and research fields- offering opportunities for us to raise the profile of M.E. Our recent meeting with Prof Kamila Hawthorne, Vice Chair of Professional Development at the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), resulted in Forward M.E. hosting a successful workshop and busy exhibition stand at the RCGP conference earlier this month.

“The Countess of Mar’s exceptional leadership and commitment to improving the lives of people with M.E. offers hope to so many,” says Action for M.E. Chief Executive, Sonya Chowdhury. “My team and I are proud to play an active role in Forward M.E. alongside the M.E. organisations that share our goals and values, in the knowledge that we can achieve more by working better together.”