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Come on, you Pies! Action for M.E. and Notts County FC

September 01, 2018

We are thrilled to have been gifted sponsorship of Notts County FC, the world’s oldest football club, for the month of September, by one of our longstanding supporters.

The team – known as the Magpies to their fans (or Pies for short!) – will play Forest Green Rovers today at Meadow Lane, the first of six games this month.

It's the first time a charity has sponsored the club, and we are hugely grateful to Notts fan and sponsor Martyn Kelk, whose daughter Alice was diagnosed with M.E. when she was 14 years old, for his generous donation of this month's sponsorship. Nearly a decade on, Alice has recovered and works as Fan Engagement Executive at the club, where she will join our Chief Executive, Sonya Chowdhury, and a number of our supporters at today's match. One of them is staunch Notts fan Sarah, whose M.E. has prevented her from attending games for five years. "It became too draining getting to and from the ground, and the amount of people and noise became too much to cope with," she explains. We are delighted that Sarah will be able to join us today, thanks to the special provisions made by Alice and her team.

As well as having the charity's name on the player's shirts throughout the month, we have the opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of M.E. with the thousands of fans attending today. Thirteen-year-old Oliver tells his story in the match-day programme, and the Notts County FC team have made a moving film sharing Alice's story, who was bed-bound for a year with the illness.

On behalf of the staff, Trustees and volunteers here at Action for M.E., and the children, young people and adults we support, we say a huge thank you to Martyn and Alice, and Notts County FC, for their support - and best of luck to the team today!