Fundraising Focus – February 2023

The team at ME Research UK is very grateful for all the support which the charity receives from its active fundraisers. At the best of times fundraising can seem a daunting prospect but without your support we could not continue to inform, influence or invest in ME research globally. Our current projects simply would not be funded.

Feel inspired? Our Fundraising Guide gives tips and links to resourses to get your support off to a flying start.

If fundraising, it is worthwhile to check with your employer to see if they offer a Matched Funding scheme which will add to your fundraising pot.

If you know of any other fundraising opportunities offered by companies – contact us.

Member of Team Walk for ME 2023, Colin Constable will be walking 5km during ME Awareness Week in aid of ME Research UK‘s research fund. Colin is inspired to fundraise by daughter Helen Rose.

Run for M.E. 2024 has been launched by supporter Claire Carter “We are a small group of parents, friends and family of someone living with ME/CFS. On 7 & 21 May 2023, as part of ‘Walk for ME’, we will be doing a sponsored run or walk to raise awareness, show support and hopefully raise some funds towards much needed research, for everyone affected by ME and their families.”

Tackling the inaugural 50 km Yorkshire Wolds Ultra’s circular route, starting and ending on the edge of Pocklington and in aid of ME Research UK is Elizabeth (Lizzy) Hodcroft. The 12 hour event will be held on 29 July 2023. Lizzy is running for us as her sister has ME and, as she says “Running an ultra marathon is an incredibly challenging and rewarding experience. It is much longer than a standard marathon and can involve climbing mountains, navigating rugged terrain, and running in hot, cold, and wet conditions. It requires a great deal of mental and physical preparation, and the rewards come from pushing yourself to your physical and mental limits.”

The Great North Run is the world’s largest half marathon welcoming 52,000 runners to the North East from all over the world. On 10th September 2023, one of these runners – Alan Sykes – will be fundraising for ME Research UK. As Alan writes, “I will be getting my trainers on and running a half marathon, the Great North Run. Please sponsor me to raise money to raise hope for people like my brother Ed. Any contribution welcome. Thank you so much.”

Having conquered the Viking Trail last year, Grace and Tracey Mitchell will be increasing the distance walked by 4 miles to 12 when they undertake a trek from Herne Bay to Margate this summer. As part of Team Walk for ME 2023, all funds raised will be donated to ME Research UK’s research fund.

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