Smile For ME is a charity for ME sufferers of all ages, their families and carers. It was founded in 2012. Our main aim is to spread a smile and to help raise awareness and understanding of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). We know just how lonely and isolating this chronic illness is so we aim to help by sending smile presents to those affected to let them know someone cares.
A nomination form can be found through the nominate page where anyone can nominate an ME/CFS sufferer or carer for a smile. We try to find out as much as possible about those nominated, what sort of things they like or enjoy so we can make the present as personalised and as special as possible. We search online and buy appropriate presents, wrap them with love and send them out to create a smile. You can see picture of some of the recipients on our Smiles page.
Smile For ME was launched because we are ME sufferers ourselves. Through personal experience I (Alice) found having ME very isolating and lonely. I could no longer do basic daily tasks or any of the things I loved and friendships and support systems ended making it even harder. I turned online to social media and found a community of people who were going through the same thing and I started making friends. We became pen pals which was when I realised just how special getting a letter through the post was. It was contact from the the outside world and it always made my day. I was determined something good would come out of having ME and I just wanted to make others smile. I thought if getting a letter made me smile what would getting a present do? So I came up with the idea for Smile For ME. I talked to my friend Grace about the idea and with her, her Mum and my parents we set up Smile For ME in 2012.
Alice, Grace, Janine, Jacqueline and Clive