Action for M.E. is the leading UK charity for people with Myalgic
Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) and their carers.
Defined by the World Health Organisation as a neurological illness, its exact
cause is unknown but onset often follows a viral infection. One theory is
that the immune system, switched on ‘high alert’ to combat the virus, for
some reason fails to switch off and remains in ‘overdrive’. The more the
illness is fought, the greater its hold appears to become.
Of the 250,000 people in the UK affected by M.E., approximately 25% are
wheelchair or housebound. If an illness as devastating and prolonged as M.E.
were to strike someone close to us, we’d all hope for a quick diagnosis,
immediate and effective treatment and understanding for their condition. Yet
these are things for which people with M.E. have had to fight.
No other charity has been more instrumental in achieving recognition of their
needs and rights and no other charity offers the breadth of services which we
do – including campaigning, providing support and information and
participating in and funding research with the ultimate aim of finding a