ME Association

Help Ramsay Research Fund to fund more biomedical research than ever before.

Biomedical research into M.E.is seriously underfunded. We need to do more if we are to learn how and why this cruel illness starts - how to test for it or treat it, or better still, how to cure it.
£181,925
raised of £1,000,000 target
by 6187 supporters
Closes on 31/12/2028
RCN 801279

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<p>M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, blights the lives of 250,000 people in UK today. It changes lives drastically, often disrupting education or making employment impossible. People may be housebound or confined to bed for many months or years. There is no known cure. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><p>The <a href="https://www.meassociation.org.uk/research/">Ramsay Research Fund </a>is the research arm of the ME Association. It supports vital research into the causes and treatment of ME/CFS, to help find answers and to give thousands of people hope. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><p>Biomedical research into the underlying physical cause of ME/CFS, and into effective forms of treatment, receives no government or outside funding and is thus seriously underfunded. &nbsp;&nbsp;ME/CFS is such a complex illness that research into it is rather like piecing together a complex multi-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. Whilst some <a href="https://www.meassociation.org.uk/2018/11/xmas-appeal-orchestras-elephants-jigsaw-puzzles-and-mountains-an-interview-with-dr-charles-shepherd-23-november-2018/">progress IS being made</a>, we need to do more, MUCH MORE, if we are to understand this cruel illness.</p><p><p>The Ramsay Research Fund is named after the <a href="https://www.meassociation.org.uk/2018/11/xmas-appeal-do-you-have-m-e-a-review-of-the-pioneering-work-of-dr-melvin-ramsay-09-november-2018/">late Dr Melvin Ramsay</a> - the pioneering consultant who first brought M.E. to the attention of the medical profession. It is a 'restricted' fund, so all money that you give is used for research - not administration, not support, just research.&nbsp;</p><p><p>Medical research is expensive and it can be a long and slow process, but we believe it offers the best hope. That's why we’re are asking for your help. We want to do more to exploit the better understanding we now have about M.E. and then build on any <a href="https://www.meassociation.org.uk/2018/11/charlotte-stephens-support-christmas-appeal-more-m-e-research-30-november-2018/">discoveries </a>to help change lives for the better. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><p>One day we WILL find the cause of ME/CFS &nbsp;</p><p><p>One day we WILL have an effective treatment and cure. &nbsp;</p><p><p>And with your help, that day will come sooner. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><p>Click <a href="https://www.meassociation.org.uk/research/research-projects/">here</a> to learn more about the progress that we are making.</p>

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ME Association

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RCN 801279
The ME Association campaigns hard to get ME recognised as a severe neurological illness. Our helpline provides essential information and support to adults and children who have ME/CFS, and to their families and carers. We also fund biomedical research into the physical nature and causes of ME/CFS.

Donation summary

Total raised
£181,924.26
+ £21,006.88 Gift Aid
Online donations
£125,061.93
Offline donations
£12,559.38
Direct donations
£50,234.14
Donations via fundraisers
£119,130.74

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