MEA Media Release: Your and Yours, ME / CFS strand

Note:  The You and Yours team can be contacted at: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/youandyours/youandyours_contact.shtml

The ME Association

MEDIA RELEASE

30 October 2007

Staff and trustees at the Buckingham base of national charity The ME Association have been advising on the production of a major new series on ME, which some doctors call Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which starts on BBC Radio this Friday (November 2).

The ‘You and Yours’ programme, which goes out on BBC Radio 4 at 12.04pm each weekday, will present seven programmes about the illness  starting off with an interview with celebrity author Shirley Conran, best known for her saying “Life is too short to stuff a mushroom”, who has had ME for many years.

A spokesman for The ME Association said: “This series offers a rare opportunity for some sensible discussion in the media about one of the most misunderstood illnesses in the world  which affects an estimated 240,000 people in the UK.

“There will be items on why ME is so controversial, interviews with sufferers, a review of the inadequate range of treatment options offered by the NHS, a quick look at some alternative approaches which people with ME find helpful in improving their symptoms and a round-up of research advances, which one day will unlock the mysteries leading to a cure.

“We are delighted to have been involved from the start in the planning of the series, and hope it won’t be hijacked at any stage by companies hawking so-called miracle cures”.

ENDS

Notes to Editor:

The ME Association is based at 4 Top Angel, Buckingham, MK18 1TH, tel: 01280 818964.  For further information, please contact Tony Britton (details below).

Tony Britton
PR and Fundraising Consultant (& Managing Editor), The ME Association Home-based: 60 Broadgate, Weston, Spalding, PE12 6HY      Tel: 01406 370293 Mob: 07880 502927    Email Tony Britton

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