We are delighted and proud to announce that we are supporting Action for M.E., a charity founded to tackle the misconceptions of this misunderstood illness, and to support those who suffer from it.
In the words of the charity itself, “Imagine having months off from work because you are so ill, so pole-axed by fatigue and pain, that you are no longer able to tell the time when you look at the face of a clock. Imagine you can no longer read even the shortest paragraph because your power of concentration is reduced to zero.
That is the experience of many thousands of people with the chronic neurological condition myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.), sometimes diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS, or M.E./CFS), which affects around 250,000 people in the UK, and 17 million worldwide.”
We were pleased to attend a recent event held by Action for M.E. at No. 10 Downing Street, and to learn more about this wonderful organisation which provides information and support to sufferers of M.E., works with policy makers and parliamentarians on decisions that may affect M.E. sufferers, and funds research to bring more money, people and solutions into the field.
Our CEO, Piers Bingley, says, “I think that M.E. is a much misunderstood and therefore often misdiagnosed affliction that affects a great many more people than we are aware of. As a result, many people go through their life in great discomfort without support. It is not well recognised, but M.E. can afflict children as young as three years old. Action for M.E has helped support thousands of children and adults, and we are very proud to support them in all their endeavours.”
As part of our new ongoing commitment to supporting Action for M.E., our own Conor Southgate will be fundraising for the charity by running the London Marathon! The Haywoods Group’s JustGiving page on behalf of Conor is here; if you would like to donate to this excellent cause, please follow the link (and Conor promises that he will run extra fast!).