5 November 2011

Carmel Hillary's new on-line shop!

Carmel Hillary

We are delighted to announce the opening of another on-line shop selling a variety of items for M.E Awareness with all proceeds donated directly to Invest in ME. This shop belongs to Carmel Hillary, staunch supporter of Invest in ME and the Let's do it for ME! campaign for a UK centre of excellence for biomedical ME research and treatment.

Carmel has had M.E for 8 years.  She had started a fundraising page on Everyclick in August featuring her own T-shirt design “M.E. – it's not for wimps”, which has already raised £378 in donations for Invest in ME, including Gift Aid. Carmel said:

“I was recently in hospital, suffering severe chest pains and breathlessness.

I came up against doctors who had never heard of M.E or CFS, so the first night of my stay I was almost sent home, until I collapsed after being made to walk up the corridor.

I was even asked if I was depressed, yet I was so scared with the terrible chest pains.

It was not until the next day - when I explained my old job as an Advance Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist who was struck down with viral meningitis several times and then went on to develop M.E – that I was then given the respect I deserved.

The consultant I went on to see and his team were marvellous, and without their support I may not be here to tell this story, as he knew about M.E, looked beyond my diagnosis and treated my condition as an individual - I had to have blood thinning injections of Warfarin for a blood clot.

I do not want this to happen to anyone else. We need to get together to dig deep ourselves.

I would be very grateful if you are able to donate something and support me in making this centre real, making M.E known as a disabling illness with treatment for us all.”

The “M.E – it's not for wimps T-shirt” is now available for sale in Carmel's on-line shop, alongside a number of other designs and products for ME Awareness, ranging from pyjamas to Thermos flasks and also including car stickers by popular demand.

We would like to join Carmel in thanking her friend Charlie for providing some great logos for her to use and we would like to say a huge THANK-YOU to Carmel for all the work she has put into setting up this great shop!

In the mood for some more on-line retail therapy?

Let's do it for ME!
Click here to visit Carmel's shop.

*The Let's do it for ME! awareness and fund-raising campaign is run by ME sufferers in close cooperation with the charity Invest in ME. Your donations go directly to Invest in ME towards the UK Centre. See this campaign highlighted
here on the Invest in ME website.