My efforts for M.E. Awareness week

Apologies for the delay in sharing this post with you. I actually recovered incredibly quickly after Blue Sunday, feeling back to ‘normal’ in just four days. It’s so wonderful to be able to measure my progress each year. Alas this recovery was somewhat thwarted by my attempts to increase gentle yoga into my daily targets. Five careful minutes of lying on my back and bringing my legs up to my chest left me poorlier than two hours of hosting a tea party. Swings and roundabouts I suppose. My body was doing different and new things. 
Anyway here I am to share with you some photos of my fundraising efforts once again. This was our fourth tea party and we feel it went very smoothly. I think the head count was 72 people in the end and we raised £618.20 in cash on the day! I was so very touched to see so many people there; my oldest friends from school, family friends we’ve known for well over a decade, university friends from across the country, my wonderful extended family, and even a handful of people who’d seen an advert in the paper. I feel very lucky to have had two GPs, a medical student, and a host of medical professionals at my tea party and hope that the leaflets and information I’d provided helped to shed some light on M.E.
There were other tea parties taking place that day too. Katie, Chloe and Jaime-Leah have all held Blue Sunday tea parties before and yet again they used their precious energy to raise not only money for research and education into M.E, but also vital and accurate awareness. 

Blue Sunday 2016

Once again so many lovely people joined in with the party from the comfort of their own homes. The nature of M.E. means that even just sitting in the company of others can cause sensory overload and the exertion of travelling will likely mean that when you reach your destination you’re too unwell to join in with whatever you’d planned to do! The virtual tea party helps make those who have to stay at home feel a part of something. These photos are some of those sent in by fellow sufferers and friends who sat online and watched the tea party through videos and photos I posted on social media.

Let them eat cake!
The Real Deal
A couple of lovely, kind friends made and sent me these!
Leaflets at the ready
A whole family effort
A whole family effort
A whole family effort
A whole family effort
Spot any familiar faces? I thought it might be nice for those attending my tea party to see how the online part of the day worked out in previous years
Can you see why I call him Not-so-little Bro…?
The perfect Blue Sunday cupcakes made by one of my oldest and best friends
In full swing at Tinwell Village Hall
A whole family effort
72 people joined us this year!!!
A tea and cake date!
Enjoying some leftovers as I was too busy to actually eat cake on Blue Sunday!

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