The City of York is supporting ME awareness week, as a result of a recent Liberal Democrat motion to kick-start an awareness campaign on the issue.
Over this week, York’s historic city walls and Clifford’s Tower will be lit up every night until the 13th May to show support for The York ME Community, who work to raise awareness of the disease.
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is a long-term illness with a wide range of symptoms and affects 250,000 people in the UK. The most common symptom is extreme exhaustion, due to the energy production system of the body being severely affected. This exhaustion can be caused by the slightest physical or mental exertion.
People with ME can have other symptoms, including; sleep problems, headaches, problems concentrating and fast or irregular heartbeats. It can affect the cognitive function, mobility, speech, concentration and things such as light and sound can be extremely debilitating
The Council’s support comes after a Liberal Democrat motion at full council was unanimously passed.
Councillor Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said:
“I am delighted to see York turning blue in support of ME awareness and that the Liberal Democrat motion on the issue has resulted in this action.”
“Living with ME is challenging. People may struggle with debilitating symptoms and other problems, but it is important to remember that support is out there and this is crucial in dealing with any illness. By raising awareness, we can spread this message and better our understanding of the disease.”
“In York, we are lucky to have the York M.E Community and the Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic, who both provide excellent support to those suffering from the disease in York. We must build on the work they do and promote what they can do to help.”