Easy Ways to Fundraise

Fundraising without the challenge…

We are often asked how people can support the ME Association without needing to do a sponsored event.

For those who are unable to do a physical challenge, or for the times when you just want to help in an easier way; there are now valued alternatives that will still mean you can support your favourite M.E. charity.

  • Collection boxes – still a great way to raise funds,
  • Online shopping – easyfundraising, and eBay for charity,

Collection boxes

Even in these days of credit cards and online transfers, small change can still make a real difference to the ME Association.

Give these discrete boxes to friends and neighbours or put them out at your sponsored events, and see just how much coin you can collect.

You can order collection boxes from Tony Britton, see below.

Fundraise with JustGiving

If you choose to fundraise for a challenge, event or activity, please consider registering it on JustGiving.

  • It’s a convenient platform that allows you to easily share it with family, friends, and the wider community via email or social media for example.
  • You can easily monitor how much money you are raising – can keep everyone informed of your progress – and the funds that you receive will be automatically donated to the ME Association.
  • Just click the button above for more information, and please let Tony Britton, our fundraising manager, know when you begin fundraising. He has a wealth of fundraising experience and can lend support and advice if you need it.

Give a Car

Have you an old banger that you need rid of? Or a car you no longer want? ‘Give a Car' has raised more than £2 million for charity.

  • It’s an easy way to get rid of your vehicle and raise money for a great cause – at no cost to you.
  • Give a Car arrange free collection, then either sell your car at auction or scrap it – with the proceeds going to ME Association.
  • Visit the Give a Car website or phone them (020 7736 4242), for more information.

Online Shopping

Do you buy anything online? Books? Groceries? Clothes? Medical Supplies? Furniture? Holidays?

If so, you’re not alone – over 87% of people in the UK bought something online in the last 12 months. There are now some really great ways in which you can support the ME Association every time you shop online.

1. easyfundraising

Once registered, every time you visit an affiliated online retailer, easyfundraising is activated, and whatever you spend on groceries, gifts, medical supplies, even holidays, automatically results in a donation to the ME Association.

  • To register please visit the ME Association easyfundraising page and enter your personal details,
  • easyfundraising is great for most forms of online shopping so long as the retailer is affiliated,
  • When you visit a connected retailer online, a prompt to activate easyfundraising will appear,
  • If no prompt appears, you can select easyfundraising at any time from the icon which will be installed on your browser.

2. eBay for charity

We are thrilled to announce the relaunch of the ME Association’s charity page on eBay.

Donate when making a purchase:

  • By joining the Charity programme and making small changes to the way you use eBay, you can make a big difference to the ME Association.
  • Make the ME Association your favourite charity on eBay today!
    • You will then be able to directly donate to the ME Association at checkout when you purchase any item, and,
    • As your favourite charity, you can easily donate a little extra if you want to do so.

Donate when selling:

  • You can now list items to sell on the ME Association’s charity page, and then decide how much of the sale price you want to donate.
  • When finalising your listing:
    • simply turn on the option “Donate a portion to charity”,
    • select the ME Association as your choice, and,
    • decide what percentage of funds you want to donate.

eBay have produced this short video to help explain what you need to do. All these efforts allow you to easily support our valuable work. Your donations are tax-deductible and as a charitable seller, eBay rewards your support by offering a fee credit based on your donation percentage to ME Association.

Stamps – Including collections

If you are fortunate enough to receive cards or letters in the post, please save up your stamps.

You can then post them to the address shown opposite (just click the image to read).

All we ask is that you cut around loose stamps leaving a margin of 5-10mm of envelope before posting.

Help and Support

Here to help you – every step of the way!

We’ll help you turn your idea into reality – whatever it is you want to do – and we can give you the support you need to get started and help promote your event, if you would like us to do so.

Whatever you decide, if you choose to raise funds for the ME Association, be sure to take plenty of photographs – we'd love to be able to report your event on our website, social media, and in our members magazine, ME Essential.

Tony Britton, our Fundraiser, is here to help you every step of the way. Feel free to contact him whenever you have any questions.

You can contact Tony by email, on phone him on 01406 371 318, mobile: 07946 760 811.

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