- Posted by: Valerie Vaz MP
- Category: News
Walsall Fibro and ME held a fundraising day organised by Denise Deacey and her daughter Ella at the community room in Hanover Court, Bentley, on Saturday 10 August 2019. There were delicious home baked cakes, fun games such as tombola, guessing how many sweets are in a jar, a raffle and handmade cards and bags for sale. A total of £245 was raised on the day. Congratulations to members of the Walsall support group and everyone who helped with the stalls, and especially Ella whose idea it was in the first place.
The Walsall support group helps people who have Fibromyalgia, ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). A constituent contacted me to say that she has been attending the support group meetings for over a year and it has helped her to come to terms with her condition.
Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Mellish Room, Central Hall, Ablewell Street, Walsall, WS1 2EQ. Further information on the meetings are below:
- Evening meetings: January, March, May, July, September, November at 7-9pm.
- Daytime meetings: February, April, June, August, October, December at 12.30-2.30pm.
- Email: [email protected]. Website: walsallfibroandmelink.org.uk
What is it?
Fibromyalgia affects 1.9 million people and Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) affects 250,000 people in the UK. Symptoms vary from person to person but the most commons symptoms are: muscular pain, numbness and nerve pain, fatigue, joint pain, trouble sleeping, headaches and poor concentration. 25% of people with the condition are either housebound or bed bound, with 5% needing total 24-hour care and feeding by tube. It is most commons in adults but can affect children.
You can find useful national helplines below:
- Website www.meassociation.org.uk Email: [email protected]
- ME Connect 0844 576 5326. Mon-Fri 10am-12noon, 2-4pm and 7-9pm
Association for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
- Website: www.afme.org.uk Email: [email protected]
- Info and support at 0117 927 9551. Welfare rights line Mon-Thurs 0800 138 6544.
Fibromyalgia Action UK
- Website: www.fmauk.org
- National helpline 0333 999 3333. Benefits helpline 0333 999 0055