ME Research UK is grateful once more to be chosen as one of the featured charities for 2021’s Walk for ME scheme. Covid-19 restrictions permitting and adhering to all social distancing and health advice, the initiative is most popular around ME Awareness Week. Walk for ME began in 2013 with the founders hoping that healthy family and friends of people with ME could help their loved ones by raising funds for charities looking to find answers to ME/CFS. They also believed that family and friends doing events would help raise awareness of ME outside the ME community. Over the years, sponsored walks, runs, swims, and climbs have been held across the U.K, Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand and have raised over £160,000 for biomedical research into ME.
This year, ME Research UK has been chosen by its biggest team yet – Team Run for M.E. 2021 – and it is all due to the efforts of Claire Carter.
“We are a team of 40 people (and counting!) all taking part in our own individual runs or walks from wherever we are in the world, on May 16th 2021, for Walk for ME and to coincide with ME Awareness Week. We are all either mums or friends and family of some incredible young people living with ME/CFS and we cannot thank everyone taking part enough for the totally brilliant support and enthusiasm! There’s still plenty of time to join the team if you fancy a challenge, and want to help raise vital funds and support important research into ME.
We currently have 2 people taking on a huge challenge and running a full marathon, at least 10 half-marathon runners, 9 x 10k runners (one with their dog!) and 4 walking 10k, one of which has been talked into walking a staggering distance of 13-17k from St Agnes to Portreath in Cornwall. We also have further friends and their children all ready to join in on the day, if restrictions will allow it.
What an amazing team!!
Please donate if you can and share our JustGiving page for more details, team photos, contact and updates. Thank you so much!”
There is no minimum distance, no targets, and, although it runs principally through ME Awareness Week (2nd week in May), no set dates for Walk for ME. You choose when you wish to walk, the distance, the location and the charity to support. No matter what you do step-by-step, you will be supporting a great cause and also raising awareness with every stride.
Information on the scheme and how to get involved can be found on our website.