Make ME Better! – 0ur biggest ever Christmas appeal starts today | 9 November 2016

November 9, 2016

We've hit almost 25% of our target – well over £12,400 – in the first 11 days. Only 71 days left… Thanks for your support!

Our Make ME Better campaign aims to raise £50,000 to fund scientific research which we hope could lead to a breakthrough in diagnosis and treatment of ME/CFS.

Karl MortenLed by Dr Karl Morten (pictured left), scientists from the University of Oxford and Newcastle University wish to spend 12 months analysing nearly 300 blood samples, looking at metabolomics – chemical clues that are left behind after changes in cells. Put simply, they’re on the hunt for a smoking gun.

The British research will pick up the gauntlet of the groundbreaking Naviaux study released by the University of California earlier this year, which suggested that ME/CFS could be the body going into a state of semi-hibernation.

Dr Morten will be working alongside Dr James McCullagh (pictured below), Associate Professor in Mass Spectrometry at the University of Oxford, and Professor Julia Newton, Dean for Clinical Medicine at Newcastle University.

Prof James McCullaghMany of the blood samples will come from the ME/CFS Biobank – the first significant time they have been used by external researchers – and will be compared to those from a control group.


We know £50,000 is a big target, particularly in the run up to the festive season. But we ask everyone who can, to please help us to reach it. Making ME Better would be the best Christmas present thousands of sufferers and their families could ask for.

And I have it on the best authority (Dr Charles Shepherd, no less) that it has a good chance of achieving that.


* Online at

* By cheque or by card payment to our office – just call 01280 818964 and please don’t forget to Gift Aid your donation, if you can.

* By fundraising.

For the first time ever, you can involve all your friends and family in fundraising for this appeal – a Santa dash, Christmas party, or community Christmas card……

Once you’ve decided what you want to do, simply click on the ‘Start fundraising’ tab of the campaign page to get started.

Please support our campaign to MAKE ME BETTER in whatever way you can.

Helen Hyland
Fundraising Manager
ME Association

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