|Photographer - Andy Colbourne|
|Photographer - Andy Colbourne. Photographed - Catherine Hale, Sonya Chowdhury and Alan Cook|
The evening opened with speeches by Action For M.E.'s chairman Alan Cook, Chief Executive Sonya Chowdhury and Catherine Hale. It was extremely inspiring to hear what change is going to happen in person and also their individual stories.
I asked Action For M.E how they feel the five year plan is going two months on from the launch and how they feel the plan will help sufferers with M.E, Sonya Chowdhury, Chief Executive of Action For M.E, says- "Our Speakers House reception offered a wonderful opportunity to highlight the impact of M.E. and celebrate those who take action to make a difference. We are putting together detailed plans that set out how we aim to achieve the targets set out in our strategy to improve the lives of people with M.E, to inspire action at all levels, and to invest in change. We know what needs to be done, and we have the drive to make it happen. With support from people like you who share our ambition to end the ignorance, injustice and neglect experienced by M.E, we have a real opportunity to create lasting change."
Not only did I get the chance to step into the most fascinating building, full of history. I also got to be in a room full of people who understand M.E, most who suffer themselves. To anyone who may be reading this from the event, I want to say it was an honour to meet and talk to you all in person. You are all so strong and inspiring and I wish you all health and happiness.
|With fellow sufferers - Lizzie Guntrip and Pippa Stacey|
Photographer - Andy Colbourne. Photographed - Helen Buckenham, Liz Smith, Sonya Chowdhury and Michael Xavier