The beautiful girl pictured is Merryn Crofts and today, 13th May, is her birthday. Merryn sadly passed away from severe ME in 2017 just days after her 21st birthday. I was lucky enough to be her friend and thanks to her family’s blessing Merryn’s Smile Day was created. Smile For ME wanted to honour Merryn by sending a smile in her name to those suffering with severe ME so we did this on her birthday. Merryn loved sending little gifts and also loved it when happy post arrived for her, so we are glad we were able to do this in her memory.
64 presents were sent to severe ME sufferers in Merryn’s name to make them smile and brighten their day. The presents included flowers, balloons, teddies, cosy sets, bedroom accessories and pamper sets. They were all sent with Merryn and severe ME in mind. The presents were not wrapped as opening presents with severe ME can be difficult in many ways, not having the strength to open it yourself but also being too noise sensitive to cope with it. As Merryn was the reason this all happened we included some of her favourite things and every present was packaged with love which Merryn radiated.
Thank you so much to those who sent lovely pictures and messages of you receiving your smile presents in Merryn’s name. We always love hearing from you and particularly today for Merryn’s Smile Day. It’s lovely to be able to share with her family how Merryn is continuing to make others smile.
ME affects around 250,000 people in the UK, of whom around 25% are severely affected being bed bound and unable to look after themselves. Merryn sadly suffered from very severe ME which ended up taking her life but it never took her heart.
Merryn, you and your family are always in our thoughts. Sending lots of love your way.