Here we have an overview of events which have occurred with details of what happened, what funds for biomedical research were raised and the effects the event had had.

For an up to date view of ME Events look in our calendar.


BUPA Mini South Run

23rd October 2010

Hi, My name is Joshua, I've just turned 8 years old and I live in Christchurch, Dorset. Last year I ran the BUPA mini south run successfully, but this year I am running for a cause that I am more familiar with. This year I am running for Invest in ME. I am lucky enough to live with my mummy who is able to look after me easily but my mummy's friend, Robyn, also has a daughter (Neave) slightly younger than me, and Robyn suffers with ME, which means that some days it can be a struggle to do as many things with Neave as she'd like to, and if she does do something (as little as going to a playgroup) she will suffer for it the next day, being severely fatigued.

I can't imagine a life like this. I can't imagine how hard it must be for Robyn. I have chosen Invest in ME charity as they are dedicated to campaigning for bio-medical research into ME. What Robyn needs, and all 25,000 ME sufferers in the UK need is research into ME so it can be an illness which is understood, get funding provided for this so in turn treatments and cures can be found. Please sponsor me or offer a pledge for me to run the BUPA mini south run for Invest in ME and I promise I will put all my effort into the run, trying my hardest to beat last year's time. To show how dedicated I am to this charity, I will be sponsoring myself £10 from my saved up pocket money. Thank you so much if you choose to support us.



Click here to support Joshua

Oakamoor, Staffordshire

September 2010

Fundraising for biomedical research into ME - Oakamoor in Staffordshire - Sunday 5 September. Thanks to Jan Kelsall and friends for promoting awareness of ME and for the support for our proposal for biomedical research into ME.


Malvern College

Student Council 2009-2010

For the second year running the Malvern College Student Council has raised funds for Invest in ME. Their generosity and hard work has enabled Invest in ME to include severely affected ME patients in the current WPI UK study which Invest in ME is funding.

Click here for more on Malvern

Gráinne Devery

Wokingham half marathon February 2010

On the 21st February 2010 I'm running Wokingham half marathon for the charity Invest in ME. Invest in ME want to establish a national strategy of biomedical research into M.E.(Myalgic encephalomyelitis) Please help make M.E. an illness which is properly understood and where adequate funding is provided for biomedical research into ME allowing treatments and cures to be found. Thanks for your support. Gráinne Devery On the 21st February 2010 I'm running Wokingham half marathon for the charity Invest in ME. Yes folks, i'm doing it again! Swimming at least twice a week at Tooting Bec Lido: last year they had to move the ice for us to get in.

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Helen Milstein

Cold Water Swimming 2010

Yes folks, i'm doing it again! Swimming at least twice a week at Tooting Bec Lido: last year they had to move the ice for us to get in.

It's all to raise money for bio-medical research into ME/CFS, to help the many sufferers(including our daughter) for whom ,at present,there's no treatment. As I go in & feel my immune system getting a boost, it reminds me of them & the many problems they face.

Please give generously, as there's NO GOVERNMENT FUNDING. thank you.

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Adidas Women's 5k
Crystal Igliakowski will be running the Adidas Women's 5k Challenge in September 2009 on behalf of Invest in ME.

If you'd like to sponsor her, please go to her fundraising site.



My Sister Sophia - Before ME

Roisin Mirza, Sophia Mirza's sister, has created this You Tube film of Sophia before she became ill from ME.

Roisin has brought together some video which she found of Sophia. The film shows something of Sophia when she was well and it will give people an idea of what she was like.


See more about Sophia - Sophia's story - click here.

One and Another - The Fourth Plinth London, UK

Two events in the Fourth Plinth organised by Antony Gormley. The Fourth Plinth is the name given to the empty plinth in the north-west corner of Trafalgar Square in London. It was originally designed by Sir Charles Barry and built in 1841 to display an equestrian statue. There were not enough funds available at the time to create a statue and so the plinth was sometimes referred to as the 'empty plinth'.

On 3 August Joan Apolonia Lobo spent an hour (7-8am) on Antony Gormley's Fourth Plinth in London. She recited poems on various themes, played the didgeridoo and was supporting Invest in ME.

You can still watch her and leave messages via this link

Margot has suffered from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis since 1996. She used the Fourth Plinth event to raise awareness of ME and of the shocking lack of funding for research into what can be a crippling illness.




London to Land's - by BIKE!

"Great fun - apart from Dartmoor, which given the 'severe weather
warning' wasn't the best fun..."


Rob, Dom and Si cycled from London to Lands End, Kernow to support Invest in ME.

The distance was 300 miles from London beginning on Sunday 26th July and arriving in Lands End by Saturday 1st August.
 All money raised will go to Invest in ME, a charity that aims to raise awareness and recognition of the disease, funding research that will bring eventual diagnosis and treatment.

A friend of Dom's from school has ME and this trip was to help her and people in similar situations.
 Thanks for supporting us...

Caterham Dene fete

Organised by Barbara Milson - June 2009



Helen Milstein

UK Cold Water Swimming Championships 2009

Invest in ME supporter Helen Milstein is hoping that plenty of people will be able to get along to Tooting Bec Lido on Saturday 24th January 2009 to cheer her and another three hundred brave swimmers on as they take part in the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships.

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Roisin Mirza - SKY TV

For ME Awareness Month 2009 Roisin Mirza apeared on Sky TV's Good Morning Manchester programme to discuss ME

May 2009

Previous Events

Have a Cuppa for ME (for teachers) - 18th November 2005

Thorpe St. Andrew school in Norwich organised a special Have a Cuppa event in conjunction with the Children In Need non-uniform day.

Pia Simpson and vice-head of Altair House, Gordon Nicholls, arranged for tables to be set up in the staff rooms with leaflets about Invest in ME and MERGE present for teachers to read.

£52 (increased to £100 by extra donations) raised for biomedical research - going to Merge

Have a Cuppa for ME - 16th November 2005

Corinne Baker - in Ilford, Essex

£450 raised for biomedical research

Have a Cuppa for ME - 7th November 2005


The Maidstone Independent ME Support group held a 'Have a Cuppa' event on Monday 7th November 2005.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks & baked goods were on offer for a small donation.

Also incorportated was a 'bring & buy' stall and the opportunity to take part in a quiz. A very pleasant afternoon was had by all.

£60 raised for biomedical research - proceeds going to MERGE

MIMEG are hoping to hold another event next year.

Have a Cuppa for ME - 7th November 2005

Held in Waterlooville Hants organised by S Wightman.

£56.76 raised for biomedical research


Have a Cuppa for ME - 2nd November 2005

The event was at Carole Eatock's home in Bolton and she raffled prizes donated by businesses and friends in the Bolton area.

Carol doesn’t have ME and guests didn’t either - an amazing contribution in these circumstances and an example of why we can be achieved by coordinated efforts.

Over £1000 raised for biomedical research


Have a Cuppa for ME - 2nd November 2005

The Somerset Coast ME Group raised £30 at their Have a Cuppa for ME coffee morning. This was all donated by sufferers themselves.

Sian says 'As we are a new group we were hoping to raise awareness and get some new members. Everyone who was able to attend enjoyed themselves so we will probably do it again.' Sian is planning on sending the money to MERGE.

£30 raised for biomedical research

Have a Cuppa for ME - 24th October 2005


Carol Ashcroft held 3 Cuppa events 24th October 2005 at Slimming World Ainsdale Cornerstone Baptist Church 1 ShoreRoad Ainsdale Southport

Over £385 raised for biomedical research


IIME and Eastleigh & Winchester Have a Cuppa For ME held 24th October 2005

Kathleen McCall (IIME & EWMESG) seen here (2nd from left) with Kathleen's local MP (on the left).

Also attending were Bob and BEtty McRae from MERGE - whilst holidaying. Also present Sally Young from the EWMESG.

Over £300 raised for biomedical research - and still counting


Have a Cuppa for ME - in East Kilbride in October

Connie Nelson organised a Have a Cuppa event in Cambuslang for the East Kilbride ME Group (MEEK).

£250 raised for biomedical research - going to MERGE


Have a Cuppa for ME - Portsmouth, Hampshire 14th October

The Have a Cuppa For Me events started in Hampshire by IiME chairman Kathleen McCall.

£180 raised for biomedical research


Tayler Family Fund-raising Events 2004-2005

The Tayler family, and friends, in raising funds toward biomedical research. Read more of Suzy Tayler -

or see Meridian ITV programme -

£5000 raised for biomedical research


Last Updated: 13/08/2011