‘Blue Sunday’ Donations

Every year people use ‘Blue Sunday’ as an opportunity to donate to an M.E. charity or cause. From 2013-2020 I have fundraised for The ME Association, but this year I’d like to reach as many charities as possible, whilst keeping track of the total amount donated.

I’ve compiled a list of donation pages to make it easier for you to donate, and easier for me to keep track of our total amount raised on Blue Sunday.

Please know that this is not a complete list of all M.E. causes. I am but one poorly person who has done their best, with the very limited energy and function that they have, to put this together. Apologies to anyone who doesn’t find their chosen cause listed below. Please still donate to them, and if possible, let me know you have.

I would REALLY appreciate it if you would use/share the links I’ve posted below, rather than the M.E charity’s standard donation page. It helps me (a poorly person) and the charity keep track of the total amount donated far more easily.

How much do I donate?

I have always asked that those who can donate what they’d expect to pay for tea and cake in a café. This has raised over £20,000!

Those of us who are housebound might have no idea what a café might charge, so anything from a few pounds up is great apparently. Anything and everything is gratefully received.

International

ME Action Network – an international organisation working to develop and support a global network of individual advocates. Along with the Millions Missing campaigns, M.E Action Network works for “recognition, education, and research so that, one day, all people with M.E will have support and access to compassionate and effective care.” My personal donation page. Please use this link and share this link to help me keep track of the amount donated to OMF for ‘Blue Sunday’.
Open Medicine Foundation – leads a large, worldwide effort to drive medical research into ME/CFS and other related chronic health conditions. They have funded five ME/CFS collaborative research centres. My personal donation page. Please use this link and share this link to help me keep track of the amount donated to OMF for ‘Blue Sunday’.

The U.K.

Action for ME – the UK charity supporting people with M.E. of all ages, while leading ground-breaking research. Action for M.E has been a driving force behind the DecodeME study, are a member of the Forward ME collaborative and have recently formed a parnership with US charity SolveME which will be focused on enhancing the wellbeing of people with M.E, raising awareness, delivering policy changes, and increasing research on its causes and possible treatments. My personal donation page. Please use this link and share this link to help me keep track of the amount donated to Action for M.E. for ‘Blue Sunday’.
The ME Association – offering practical support, information and advice for people with ME and their carers/families. They also fund and support biomedical research through grants, and work with medical professionals and politicians to educate and raise awareness. Forward ME Collaborative member. My personal donation page. Please use and share this link to help me keep track of the amount donated to The M.E. Association for ‘Blue Sunday’.
ME Research UK – commission and fund biomedical research into the causes and consequences of ME/CFS, as well as possible treatments. They also provide high-quality information about the illness, including summaries of scientific papers. Forward ME Collaborative member. My personal donation page. Please use this link and share this link to help me keep track of the amount donated to ME Research UK for ‘Blue Sunday’.
Invest in ME Research an independent UK-based charity run entirely by volunteers. They work to find, facilitate and fund biomedical research into ME/CFS. Invest in ME Research also promote better education and awareness.
My personal donation page. Please use this link and share this link to help me keep track of the amount donated to Invest in ME Research for ‘Blue Sunday’.
The ME Trust – caring for people with M.E. and those around them through a tailored “whole person care” approach, incorporating physical, emotional and spiritual support. They offer medical treatment, counselling, physiotherapy and chaplaincy services. Please make reference to ‘Blue Sunday’ when using the donation page so that the charity can let me know the total amount donated to them.
Smile For ME – the UK charity raising awareness of M.E and supporting people with ME and their carers through ‘Smiles’, personalised gifts sent to nominees to brighten their days. Please make reference to ‘Blue Sunday’ when using the donation page so that the charity can let me know the total amount donated to them.
Tymes Trust – The Young ME Sufferers trust who offer invaluable support for children and young people with M.E and their families. Donations via PayPal. Please make reference to ‘Blue Sunday’ when using the donation page so that the charity can let me know the total amount donated to them.

Ireland

Irish ME/CFS Association a volunteer-run group. They offer support to people with ME/CFS and their carers, provide information, promote awareness and raise money for research. Donations via PayPal. Please make reference to ‘Blue Sunday’ when using the donation page so that the charity can let me know the total amount donated to them.

South Africa

ME CFS Foundation South Africa– is the first ME/CFS charity in Africa. They work to raise awareness and promote research, but also to provide practical support to people with ME/CFS. Please make reference to ‘Blue Sunday’ when using the donation page so that the charity can let me know the total amount donated to them.

Australia

Emerge Australia – provides information, support and advocacy for people living with ME/CFS in Australia. They lobby for increased public awareness and funding for biomedical research. Please make reference to ‘Blue Sunday’ when using the donation page so that the charity can let me know the total amount donated to them.
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