Big Give Christmas Challenge
Ending at noon on Tuesday 8 December, our 2020 Big Give Christmas Challenge saw more than 600 supporters raise an astonishing £169,710 to support children and adults with M.E. in the UK. We came fifth in terms of most money raised out of the 764 charities taking part.
For one week in December, gifts to us were doubled at no extra cost to the donor, thanks to a match-pot generously created by Candis Magazine and other philanthropists that support us.
We are incredibly grateful to everyone who donated so we can be here for more people like Danny, pictured above.
“Six years ago, at the age of 20, M.E. took life in the way I knew it away from me. I often wonder how or if I will ever get my life back… and without the support of people like you it wouldn’t be possible.”
Danny came to us for support, having gone from being an active teenager selected to carry the Olympic torch in 2012, to someone who, on a severe day, is unable to tolerate the TV being on. Because of you, we can help people like Danny access services and improve understanding of the illness. And by leading ground-breaking research, we’re moving closer to effective diagnosis and treatments for M.E.
Funds raised by the Big Give mean that thousands of people with M.E. will be able to:
- secure essential information and practical and emotional support by telephone, email and online video call - and we have already set about putting the donations to use. Our Board of Trustees has taken the decision to expand our team with new roles, including an Advocacy Officer and a Parent Support Officer.
- overcome more complex barriers to accessing health, social care and education that meets their needs, through one-to-one advocacy
- feel better connected to, and supported by, other adults, young people and children with M.E. through our dedicated online forums and peer-support services
- rely on professionals who have a better understanding of M.E. and its impact.
Thank you for your support.