The tea party for M.E. – Blue Sunday 2019

Go Blue for ME 2019

Just a low key tea party this year. That was what I was aiming for. Just a small scale Blue Sunday where I hoped we’d maybe scrape together £500 or so to send off to The ME Association to help them carry on with the vital work they do. I was little dumbfounded then, to hear that this year’s tea party not only broke the £1000 mark (yet again!) but that it matched last year’s fundraising efforts!

I’ve included some photos from our tiny tea party and from others who joined in from the comfort of their own homes. Every year my main aim has been to have an event that is as all inclusive as possible and that allows M.E. sufferers to meet online and make new friends with others going through the same thing. It’s not much, but it has made a small difference to many of us who live such isolated and lonely lives because of our health.

I’d like to thank everyone who joined in this year, whether it was their first time or whether they’re a Blue Sunday regular now. I’d like to mention Louise who once again held a family tea party and added the £132 that she raised to my own JustGiving page. I’d like to thank the anonymous donator of £200 – I still don’t know who you are! Thank you to those who donated some of their disability benefits or allowances. I understand how much of a chunk £5 is when you are living in a way that means every penny counts. And I’d like to thank my parents, who are the real heroes of this piece. Without them and their support and help, there would be no Blue Sunday.

Ready for the off

This year, it was just me and my close family at the tea party and we all met at my parents’ house for tea and cake. Mum went rogue though and we had a full roast dinner beforehand! It’s a wonder we managed to eat any cake at all afterwards.

Lucky enough with the weather to sit outside
The perfect tea party bunting. I made it myself a few years ago after teaching myself to sew
As there weren’t so many mouths to feed, I managed to make something a little different this year
#FlatDebbie joined us all the way from the USA. She travels to places that Debbie cannot travel to since suffering with Severe M.E. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @debs.not.done
My Aunty makes the best lemon drizzle cake I’ve ever had! It wouldn’t be a proper tea party without it!
My sister’s offering! The ultimate chocolate cake!
Once again, it was heartwarming to be joined by so many people online who shared photos of the cakes and treats they were enjoying on the day.
It was so lovely to see others using Blue Sunday as an excuse to dig out the best china and having friends and family over to have their own little tea parties.
This year, because there was less to do in the run up to the event, I was able to offer a Blue Sunday Giveaway with prizes bought and donated by small business owners who also suffer with chronic illnesses. It went down so well I hope to do it again.
The girls were drafted in but I must admit I was disappointed with their lack of enthusiasm. From left to right, Juanita, Delores and Rowan

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