Could you be an MEA “white knight” in The Big Give Christmas Challenge?

July 2, 2011

In the weeks following the death of our patron Louie Ramsay – daughter of Dr Melvin Ramsay, who chronicled the outbreak of M.E. at the Royal Free Hospital in 1955 and helped found the ME Association – we have been considering ways to honour both their memories.

One such way is by taking part in ‘The Big Give Christmas Challenge’ – an opportunity to match donations made by £5 and £10 supporters to pledges from high-worth donors with lots of disposable income. Many smaller charities like The MEA have already benefited from previous Christmas Challenges.

Before we put in our application to be considered this year, we would like to talk to people willing to set aside, say, £1,000, which would only be drawn on if enough smaller donations come through during the week of challenge in early December.

Donations in the week are made to telephone operators at The Big Give’s own call centre. They’re matched to our own £1,000+ pledgers. And, as an added bonus, an extra donation is made by The Big Give itself – who have access to funds promised by big-time philanthropists and company charitable funds.

If we apply to join this year’s Christmas Challenge, we must have our application in by the end of July. If you can be one of our own ‘white knights’, please let us know as soon as possible. Please email us at and we’ll get back to you quickly.

The Guardian obituary for Louie Ramsay

Details of ‘The Big Give Christmas Challenge'

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