Runs, cycles and other challenge events
Action for M.E., like so many other charities, relies on our brilliant fundraisers taking part in key fundraising events to support our vital work, like Ride London, Great North Run and marathons across the country, plus other challenges such as skydives and overseas adventures.
The cancellation of many of these events due to the Covid-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on our income. But that doesn't mean our amazing fundraisers have given up. Read on to find out more about the innovative ways you can get involved with fundraising at home - and be inspired by fundraisers like Melanie, Sonny, Ruth and Alice, below.
My Prudential RideLondon
What has wheels but no engine, and a big smile? A My Prudential RideLondon fundraiser for Action for M.E.!
Following the cancellation of annual London cycling festival, Prudential RideLondon, the team there have launched an alternative fundraiser, taking place Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August, which allows participants to take on a challenge of their choice, without having to make the trip to the capital.
This includes the My Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle option, which invites you to achieve any distance of your choosing (minimum 1km) on anything with wheels, without an engine: this means bicycles, skateboards, scooters, wheelchairs, roller blades... even wheelbarrows!
There are also options for 100-mile, 46-mile, and 19-mile cycles.
Interested in taking part? Register on the My Prudential RideLondon website, choosing Action for M.E. as your charity, and get in touch with our friendly fundraising team for information, support and sponsorship ideas.
Our amazing fundraisers
We are also hugely inspired, and enormously grateful, to those continuing to take on high-energy challenges for us at home, however they can.
- Melanie Alflatt is aiming to complete not one, not two, but 40 runs for the #GNRSoloChallenge to support our vital work.
- Ten-year-old Sonny cycled more than 100 miles to raise more than £500 for us. He told us: "I have chosen to raise money for Action for M.E. because my Mummy has had M.E. for 26 years, since she was nine, and was very poorly and bedbound for her teens. She is now a full-time wheelchair user and I help her lots. I want to raise money to help research M.E., so one day, no one will be ill like my Mummy."
- Ruth and Alice, aged 8, walked the 10km-round trip from Bebington to Brimsgate, with a well-deserved ice cream break, in support of Ruth's Auntie Bekky, who has M.E.
If you feel inspired to take on a challenge in your garden or local park, to climb a mountain on your stairs, or swim the channel in your bath (OK, maybe not that last one), we'd love to hear from you!