For the 9th year in a row, I’m hosting my Tea Party For M.E. for people with M.E. and their family and friends. I strongly believe that we need and deserve as dedicated day of fundraising, but also a day where we can come together to mark and celebrate our resilience and our strength in the face of this cruel and life-altering disease.
On Sunday 16th May, people from all over the world will meet up online to chat and leave comments on each other’s posts. While doing so they’ll be enjoying tea and cake (or whatever their delicate digestive systems can manage) and donating what they can to M.E. charities and causes. We are so often excluded from events because our symptoms can make it so difficult for us to leave the house, let alone spend an hour or two at an event. That’s why the Tea Party For M.E. has always had an online/virtual element running alongside any Real Life tea parties.
How to donate
For how and where to donate, please visit the donation page.
How to join in
The premise is simple.
- Wear something blue (pyjamas count!)
- Dig out your best cups and saucers
- Bake or buy your favourite cake
- Post a photo of you little tea party set-up to social media
- Invite your family and friends to enjoy tea and cake with you, in person or via video call
- Donate the price you’d pay in a café
- Connect with others online who are doing the same, by commenting on their photos and posts
- Feel a part of my Real Life tea party as I upload photos and videos from the event I host every ‘Blue Sunday’. I am usually joined by over 70 tea party guests! For obvious reasons I have decided to have a much smaller tea party at home again this year, with just my husband.
Join the Facebook event
You can join the Facebook Event page if you have a Facebook account, or simply have a look at everyone’s tea party related photos and videos.
For Twitter and Instagram
On Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtags #BlueSunday2021 and/or #TeaPartyForME2021 will bring up photos and posts by others.
Not on social media?
Not everyone who would like to join in on ‘Blue Sunday’ has a social media account. Last year I found a way for those people to still upload photos if they wanted to.
My aim is always to share my own tea party photos here on my blog too so that those without a social media account can still be included. There is a way to then share your photos in the comment section at the bottom of my blog posts. The link below is a ‘How To’ guide of how to do that. Feel free to have a practice!
Group video calls & other virtual gatherings
My own health restricts me from hosting an ‘official’ group video call with you all. Maybe one year I will be well enough to try it!
There are some M.E support/friendship groups that are planning on hosting a zoom call. I have put a request out that anyone hosting one who is able/willing to add a few more tea party guests to their video call let me know so I can point people in their direction. This is all done in good faith and I would advise anyone hosting a zoom call to opt for a password protected meeting.
Some people organise their own video calls with friends and family, or even meet up on Nintendo’s Animal Crossing to raise a cup and saucer to all those living with M.E.
Printable leaflet for your own Tea Party For M.E.
For anyone wanting to keep or share a little information about ‘Blue Sunday’ and M.E. I have created a free leaflet for you. 2 page leaflet for ‘Blue Sunday’ 2021
A brief history of ‘Blue Sunday’
For more information about how the ‘Blue Sunday’ Tea Party For M.E. started visit the About ‘Blue Sunday’ page.