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Big Give Christmas Challenge

Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021

From today, 30 November, until noon on 7 December, your gift to Action for M.E.'s Big Give Christmas Challenge can be doubled at no extra cost to you.

Because of you, we can keep reaching more adults, children and families in urgent need while leading ground-breaking research.

Whether £5 or £5,000 your online donation will be doubled whilst our Christmas Challenge match pot lasts.

Click here to donate now.

Your donation to our Big Give Christmas Challenge will enable us to help more people like Helen.

Helen has had M.E. for 16 years, since she was 12 years old. As a child, Helen loved playing sport, but she found it increasingly difficult due to her fatigue. Eventually, she had to give up.

“It was more difficult than anyone could imagine, because sport was my whole life. It wasn’t just my hobby, it was all I knew”

During the early years of her illness, with little support elsewhere, Helen searched for more information about M.E. She said:

“[Action for M.E.] was the first place I can remember turning to and finding information about what was going on with me and my body”

Helen also struggled with recognition and understanding of her illness, and turned to our Young Persons’ Forum for support:

Reading comments from other people who feel the same way as you can be the biggest comfort in what can feel like a very lonely world”

Our Young Persons’ Forum is a place for young people living with M.E. to connect with each other, to share their stories and to feel less isolated. Many children and young people have told us through feedback and consultations that the isolation is one of the worst things about their M.E. – 97% say they have felt socially isolated because of the condition. We also send birthday cards to our young members from our young volunteers to reduce isolation. Helen remembers:

“It was always a highlight, when day after day, month after month, year after year was full of fighting, fighting for recognition, for a diagnosis, for help, it always felt like a piece of support and recognition that what you are going through is real and that you weren’t alone in your fight”

In the last few years, Helen has learned to manage her M.E. better, by pacing and using a wheelchair to conserve energy. With your support, we can help more people like Helen living with M.E. by providing them with information about the condition and the support available to them. By donating to our Big Give Christmas Challenge, you are helping us to continue being a “lifeline” to people with M.E., to reduce their isolation and ensure they don’t ever have to feel alone.

What is the Big Give Christmas Challenge?

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest match-funding campaign, where for one week only, all donations are doubled, meaning that every penny you give is worth twice as much. In 2020, our Big Give champions, Candis Club, along with some of our generous supporters, kindly provided this match pot to double donations and together we raised £169,710.

Can you help us make this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge our best yet?


To take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge this December, follow these three simple steps:

  • Click here to be taken to the Big Give's website to donate
  • Follow the instructions on the website and any donation above £1 will be doubled, whilst our match-pot lasts
  • Tell a friend, and see their gift doubled too. Last year, one in every six Big Give donations was from someone who had not donated to us before, so we need your help to spread the word!

Thank you for your support.