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Both Geoff and I have suffered with Severe ME for over 14 years - Prior to ME we both enjoyed full, active lives. We worked, we travelled, played sport, had social lives, and, well, put simply, we had our freedom and our health. Sadly ME has taken all this away, as it has for so many of our friends. Pain and distressing neurological symptoms dominate each day, in fact most days can feel like nothing short of an endurance test. This quiz has been organised to help raise money for Invest In ME, a charity that campaigns for vital biomedical research into ME, with the hope that one day a cure will be found for this hugely debilitating illness. Incredibly, all money raised by this quiz will be matched by a hugely generous friend and donated to The Pain Relief Foundation (Charity No. 277732). This is a charity which funds research into the causes and treatment of chronic pain. Many people with ME/Fybromyalgia experience severe chronic pain. It goes without saying that it’s hugely distressing to live with on a daily basis, especially when pain drugs aren’t tolerated which is so often the case for ME sufferers. Therefore research into the causes and treatment of chronic pain is vitally important.
Summer Trivia Quiz – First Prize: £40!
Raising money for Invest In ME and The Pain Relief Foundation.
Hi everyone!It’s Quiz Time!! It's taken about 4 brain-draining months but we’re finally ready to launch this years quiz! First prize is a whopping £40, 2nd prize: £15 and 3rd prize: posh organic choc! It's only £1 per quiz. Closing date is Friday 28th September 2012. All funds go to Invest In ME - A charity dedicated to campaigning for vital biomedical research into M.E. But also, incredibly, an extremely generous friend, who has asked to remain anonymous, has agreed to MATCH ALL FUNDS raised and donate it to ‘The Pain Relief Foundation’ - a charity which funds research into the causes and treatment of chronic pain - a cause that is close to many of our hearts. The prize money is also being covered by a donation, so every pound you spend will be worth DOUBLE FOR CHARITY, and nothing will be taken out for prize money. If you have any friends/family who you think might like to buy a quiz, please request more. To enter, it’s dead simple: Firstly you pay for your quiz/quizzes by either using TextGiving - simply text STQZ88 followed by the amount, ie. £1 or £2 etc. to 70070 or JustGiving (minimum £2). Paypal can also be used (15p charge) as can cheque. Once you’ve paid, either PM us or email firstname.lastname@example.org stating “Paid”. We’ll then email you your quiz. If you’d prefer a paper copy, that’s fine – Just send an S.A.E and we’ll pop one in the post A.S.A.P. All donations can be sent through the same channels. Also, if you are able to help sell some quizzes that would be fantastic – We’d be REALLY grateful for your help. Oh, and loads of Good Luck!
Jane Hurst and Geoff Allen
Here is some more info on ME:
ME is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a serious neurological illness. It affects around 240,000 people in the UK alone. It is a potentially severe, disabling and chronic condition affecting the immune and central nervous system, and varies greatly in its severity and duration. Some people do recover or at least make a partial recovery, but for many, symptoms remain for decades. These symptoms include incapacitating exhaustion after even the slightest activity, together with malaise, nausea, joint and muscle pain, and disturbances of major body systems eg.respiratory, auto-immune and cardio-vascular. Severe chronic pain and major digestive problems are also common. Very severely affected sufferers can experience paralysis, severe light & noise intolerances & some even require tube or intra venous feeding.
Hopefully if more research is carried out, a cure or at least an effective treatment can be found for this devastating illness. All money raised by this quiz will go to: Invest In ME (Charity No. 1114035) and The Pain Relief Foundation (Charity No. 277732)
Thanks so much for reading and of course thanks so much for buying a quiz/quizzes or donating to the above charities. It's really really appreciated.