‘Blue Sunday’

2020 Provisional Date : Sunday 17th May

Due to the current state of my health, there was no ‘real life’ tea party in May 2019. We still celebrated the day online, with photos and videos shared by people all over the world as they enjoyed tea and cake in the comfort of their own homes. Many people invited their friends and family over to join them for the day to mark the occasion and I was overjoyed (and overwhelmed) that we raised more in 2019 than we did in 2018 despite the tea party being on a MUCH smaller scale. You can read the write up HERE

Facebook event page

JustGiving page

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I started ‘Blue Sunday’ in 2013 as a way of fundraising and raising awareness of M.E. I felt something was needed to commemorate International M.E. Awareness Week each May but, as M.E. sufferers are so restricted by their ill health, the ‘conventional’ methods of fundraising, such a running a marathon, weren’t appropriate. Many of us are still able to drink tea and eat cake though. I for one would go so far as saying I’m actually very good at it! 

The first Blue Sunday event back in May 2013.

 

So the ‘Blue Sunday’ tea party was born. I invited friends and family to join me for afternoon tea and asked for small donations of the price people would expect to pay for a pot of tea and a slice of cake in a coffee shop. As many of my fellow sufferers are too poorly to travel, I held a virtual tea party too, where people could join in online. I uploaded photos and videos of the event being held at home so that even those stuck in bed on the other side of the world could join in. 

 
The idea has since been adopted by The ME Association as their official annual fundraiser and I was incredibly moved to receive nominations for a JustGiving award and a WEGO Health Activist award.
 
‘Blue Sunday’ is now celebrated internationally with other sufferers hosting their own tea parties both online and at home.
 
The 2015 event raised a total of over £5000 which was split between three charities: The ME Association, Invest in ME, and ME Research UK. As of 2019, we have raised over £13,000 for The ME Association alone.

 
  
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