Invest in ME receives £2,000 charity Big Break
Independent UK charity, Invest in ME (IiME), has received an unexpected windfall in a nationwide campaign to give 100 good causes a Big Break, courtesy of Bacs Payment Schemes Ltd (Bacs), the organisation behind Direct Debit.
Each month Bacs is setting aside a £5,000 pot to be shared between charities and good causes and is encouraging members of the public to vote for their most deserving good cause. The charity with the most votes will win £2,000, the second most popular will win £1,000 and the remaining £2,000 will be shared between 200 runners-up.
Invest in ME, a charity run by volunteers, campaigns for research and funding to establish a better understanding of the causes of Myalgic Encephalomyeltis (M.E.) and help develop better medical treatments for the illness. And the charity is now £2,000 better off after coming out top in April’s public voting.
Mike Hutchinson, head of marketing at Bacs, said: “The work that Invest in ME carries out is not only crucial for the development of better treatments for the illness, it’s also carried out for free by volunteers so it’s great to be able to support the charity and announce it as the second winner in our Big Break initiative to help 100 good causes.”
Kathleen McCall, chairman at Invest in ME, adds: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won the £2,000 from the Big Break campaign. One of the charity’s main objectives is to create a UK centre of excellence, which can provide proper examinations and diagnosis for M.E patients and the £2,000 prize money will go a long way in helping us to achieve this. On behalf of all the volunteers at Invest in ME, I would like to thank everyone who voted for us.”
The Big Break campaign is awarding prizes from March 2013 until June 2013. Anyone can nominate a cause as long as they are a registered charity or have an account with Just Giving, Virgin Money Giving, or BT’s My Donate.