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Blue Sunday 2023 for Emerge Australia

Hello again! It’s lovely to have you with me to mark 10 years of ‘Blue Sunday’ – the Tea Party For M.E.

This year’s tea party is on Sunday 14th May 2023.

To date, ‘Blue Sunday’ and the Tea Party For M.E has raised £70,000 for M.E charities. Last year’s event raised over £30,000. If we can match that total this year, we’ll have raised £100,000 together since I started ‘Blue Sunday’ in 2013.

To allow as many people living with ME/CFS to join in, the premise remains as simple as possible:

* Wear something blue (pyjamas count!)
* Dig out your best cups and saucers
* Bake or buy your favourite cake
* Post a photo of you little tea party set-up to social media
* Invite your family and friends to enjoy tea and cake with you, in-person or via video call
* Donate the price you’d pay in a café (I’m told this is about £3-£5)
* Connect with others online who are doing the same, by commenting on their photos and posts
* Feel a part of my In-Person tea party as I upload photos and videos from the event I host every ‘Blue Sunday’.

Coming together and breaking the isolation so many of us experience because of ME/CFS was one of the very reasons why the online tea party was started in 2013. So I hope you’ll join me online in the afternoon of 14th May for a chat online over tea and cake.

You can follow along and post photos of your own tiny tea party via my blog for more information.

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Anna and I was diagnosed with M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2010. It affects every minute of every day.

‘Blue Sunday’ – the Tea Party For M.E came about when I didn’t want to donate to other people’s fundraising efforts; I wanted to be a part of something myself.
My ill health restricts me in a way that means I am unable to raise money by running a marathon or doing a sponsored swim, etc.

Alas, I am still able to eat cake and drink coffee! Please join me in doing so for the 11th year in a row.

In previous years I’ve asked that everyone donate the price they’d expect to pay for a cup of tea and a slice of cake in a cafe. Since 2013, ‘Blue Sunday’ has raised over £70,000.

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