Blue Sunday 2022 is fundraising for Emerge Australia again this year.

Blue Sunday the Tea Party For M.E. is a fundraising event I started in 2013 with the help of my family. It is a day for people with ME/CFS to join in with and an opportunity for their family and friends to support them.

You'll find more information at www.the-slow-lane.com/blue-sunday-2022

This year's tea party is on Sunday 15th May 2022.

Last year's event raised over £21,000 for M.E charities across the world. What will this year's total be?

- 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'. I am usually joined by over 70 tea party guests! For obvious reasons I have decided to have a much smaller tea party at home again this year.

Coming together and breaking the isolation so many of us experience because of M.E 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 15th 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 www.the-slow-lane.com or on social media:

Twitter @theslowlane_ME

Instagram @teapartyform.e

Facebook @theslowlaneME

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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 10th 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 £40,000.

Anna Redshaw