Journal of IiME Volume 6 Issue 1 (June 2012) speak so she raised several thousand pounds by doing a sponsored silence. James Wythe pledged to raise £3000 if others raised a matching sum. It was achieved. The fundraising efforts have grown and now we have several people taking part in various events. There are marathon runners – in Brighton, Paris and Edinburgh. Little 10 year old Teigan ran a minimarathon to raise funds for IiME. Teigan’s mother suffers from ME . There are people taking part in events such as 'The Big Sleep', school non uniform and awareness raising days, art exhibitions etc. Jan Laverick and Carmel Hillary have set up online shops to sell t-shirts and other gifts with IiME and LDIFME logos. In order to facilitate fund-raising campaigns a subscription to Just Giving has been set up thanks to a kind donation to cover the first year's subscription fees to Just Giving. In a short article such as this we cannot mention everyone who has taken part, or contributed with money or ideas. But the campaign has been effective and re-energised research, making the goahead for the IiME proposal nearer to reality. Rather than waiting for others to do things – a strategy which has not faired well over a generation – the people involved in the efforts to make the IiME proposal a reality are taking it on themselves to make a difference. Let's do it for ME! is a patient-driven campaign to raise awareness and vital funds for a centre of excellence for translational biomedical ME Invest in ME (Charity Nr. 1114035) www.investinme.org Page 7 of 108 research, clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients, and training and information for healthcare staff based at the University of East Anglia in the UK and aiming to work collaboratively with international biomedical researchers. Reference: [1] http://www.investinme.org/Article505%20PCC%20Complaint%20Aug%202011.htm (The pictures in the mosaic on this page are some of the volunteers and supporters from the Let’s Do It for ME campaigns). Further details – http://www.investinme.org/IiME%20Awareness% 20Events%20LDIFME.htm or http://blog.ldifme.org/ ME FACTS 1969: the World Health Organisation classified ME as a neurological disorder.

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