The Grace Charity for M.E. [Myalgic Encephalomyelitis] is a small operation in Kent, England. We were approved for charity status in November 2006. The Charity is based on Christian prayer. However, we want to help M.E. sufferers of any faith or of no faith at all.
It is still a necessity to promote M.E. awareness, perhaps more so than ever, because sufferers and their carers still receive little recognition of this illness. In addition, a current lack of governmental support into biomedical research is not helping to find a medical cure.
We have compiled some documents on the 'Documents' page: “Saying No Can Be Positive” which empowers sufferers who wish to refuse psychological therapies. This paper may also help sufferers to maintain or obtain state benefits e.g., ESA (Employment and Support Allowance, formerly Incapacity Benefit) and care support via Social Services, through knowing their legal rights.
There is also a Hospital Booklet, designed for both staff and sufferers, for use when a sufferer is admitted to hospital.
For those considering becoming a patient at the Kent & Medway CFS/ME service (clinic) based at Maidstone Hospital, there is some information you should probably read first on the Kent GPs & Patients page. Additionally, there is a Petition at the bottom of that page which we invite you to sign. Anyone with an interest in M.E. can sign it, but we particularly want signatures from Kent & Medway.
We have compiled a Treatment Survey with both positive and negative feedback about treatments from sufferers. Please go to the 'Survey' page for these results. This survey is ongoing, so please take part in it.
Please note: we DO NOT promote or encourage GET (Graded Exercise Therapy) or CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for M.E. sufferers. Neither do we promote the Lightning Process, Mickel Therapy, or the Reverse Therapy. However, we DO PROMOTE a biomedical perspective of M.E.
Please pray for our work, and for those who suffer from M.E., and for their carers.
Bishop Graham Cray
The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe
Jennifer Rees Larcombe
Professor Malcolm Hooper