October 04, 2016
On Saturday 1 October around 100 people gathered for the first Beauty Unseen live event in Bristol. The show featured live music, dance, fashion and the sharing of real and personal stories of disability told by nine selected role models. Among them was Action for M.E. supporter Marianne Gutierrez, who has M.E.
Beauty Unseen is a charity that believes every person in the UK has the opportunity to be a full and valued member of a society where social exclusion and isolation no longer exist. We were thrilled to be invited to the event after Marianne was asked to share her experiences of living with M.E., expressed through a piece of performance art.
Our community fundraiser Jess Burden, who went along to the event, says, “the focus of the evening was on strength, on ability not disability and the ways people have learned to live with and learn from their condition, and thrive despite the challenges they’ve faced.
“Marianne’s story was a deeply affecting one. Her message was to trust your instincts, and it’s one I think the audience really took on board. We’d like to thank Marianne for her courage in sharing her experiences and for so clearly and publicly highlighting the reality of living with M.E. - she truly is a role model”.
We are also hugely grateful to Zoe Potter, who designed and made a one-off Action for M.E. handbag to collect donations at the event. “The bag drew a lot of attention, with many people commenting on how great it was,” says Jess.
As well as Marianne and Zoe we would also like to thank everyone who not only donated to support our vital work, but also took the time to find about more about M.E. and what we do. A special thanks too to the organisers for putting on a fantastic, thought-provoking evening and allowing us to be a part of it. We’re sure this will be the start of big things for Beauty Unseen.