Here’s another great opportunity to help fund UK charity Invest in ME’s biomedical research efforts… every week, until February 28 2016, the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund will be giving five £300 cash awards away to local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland.
Four of these will be awarded by the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund 2015/16 judges’ panel. There will also be a People’s Choice Award every week which will be awarded to the entry with the most votes in any given week.
It doesn’t cost anything so it’s a great way to support the little charity we all love. Start voting now…
When IiME received £300 from this event last year, chairman Kathleen McCall said: “This donation from the GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund means that we can now provide materials such as posters and t-shirts for our volunteer fundraisers who organise or take part in various fundraising events to raise the profile of and funds for ME research.”
Invest in ME (charity nr 1114035) was set up as an organisation by parents of children, carers and patients suffering from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) in 2005 and became a charity registered with the charity commission in England and Wales in 2006.
The charity facilitates and funds biomedical research, provides educational material, raises awareness, organises educational events and research meetings, and supports individuals with ME/CFS in distress or in need of support. ME/CFS is an underfunded and often misunderstood disease that causes a great deal of poverty and hardship for patients and their families as well as unnecessary stress due to having to constantly explain the disease.
Invest in ME is run by volunteers with no paid staff and the trustees and volunteers have worked very hard over the past ten years to try and change attitudes toward patients suffering from ME/CFS and to raise funds to initiate research that patients want and need and which is currently missing.
Invest In Me have managed to encourage others to join the efforts and this led to the sister organisation ‘Let’s Do it for ME’ campaign to being formed by three bed/housebound patients in 2011. They in turn have managed to use the social media very effectively to garner support for Invest in ME’s work.
The charity’s aim is to establish a centre of excellence for research into ME/CFS based on high-quality biomedical research and collaborative projects which expand knowledge and increase the chance of effective treatments being developed. This will in turn address the issues which affect patients and their families.