The MEA purple booklet campaign – ‘Telling GPS the Truth about ME' – pushed all the right buttons.
Three thousand copies of the booklet were mailed out to GPs and other medical and healthcare professionals – with many patients following up by hand-delivering copies to their own doctors during surgery visits.
And, as luck would have it, contacts made during the campaign led to copies being requested by medical libraries the length and breadth of the UK and by health service commissioners and deliverers in various parts of the country.
The campaign kicked off with a big mail out in June and continues to this day in a smaller way.
If you think your doctor or ME/CFS specialist would benefit from seeing a copy of the booklet – and providing you haven't already done so – please email the name and address of your doctor to email@example.com and we'll take it from there.
The campaign was made possible by a stream of generous donations and sponsorships to our Big Give Christmas Challenge at the end of last year – which resulted in a grand total of £10,000 being raised. Many of the donations attracted Gift Aid. Thank you too everyone who supported that.
Candis, one of Britain's top selling women's magazines, also came up trumps. Included in the grand total was a substantial extra sponsorship from them after all the other money was in. The Candis Club has donated £54m to health charities since 1962.
Their senior features writer, Amy Salter, is in fairly regular touch, asking for story ideas.
To buy a copy for yourself, please click on this link: www.meassociation.org.uk/?p=4038