Some of you may not know that our support group is run on fundraising efforts and monthly £1.50 membership money alone. With the costs of room hire, materials and storage ever increasing it’s so important to us that we’re able to raise enough to keep our group going so we can continue to provide a safe, warm, welcoming and friendly environment for people with Fibromyalgia to meet once a month (and at craft sessions in between) and be surrounded by a roomful of people who know what they’re going through. Invisible illness’ can become quite isolating, often affecting your self confidence and self worth, which is why it’s so important to have a support system who understand your condition.
Over the past few months our members have been fundraising at a number of different events across Newcastle Upon Tyne, most recently we’ve ran a tombola and craft stall at The Quorum Christmas market and in the Metrocentre. I was part of the fundraising team at The Quorum Christmas market and it was a great experience. Not only did we raise a lot of money (£157.50!) but we got to speak to a number of people concerned that they had Fibromyalgia themselves. It was honestly so rewarding to know that I actually helped someone that day, that because of me someone else felt less alone. I remember what it was like for me going through getting diagnosed and it was so overwhelming, I’m just glad that I got to be a small help to someone that day.
All of the crafts we sell are handmade by our members through our craft sessions and also from our members own hobbies and projects. Angie makes beautiful needle felted creations and made some beautiful tree decorations for the Christmas market!
And Theresa makes stunning and creative jewelry for us to sell!
We’re also very grateful for the donation of handmade greetings cards from Clare who is one of our members! They were absolutely beautiful and went down a storm!
At the Metrocentre 10 of our members (and their friends/family!) volunteered to take shifts manning the stall. We managed to sell out of tombola tickets that day! Wow! Our very own Dotty Duck the Fibromyalgia mascot came along too! She posed for photos, gave hugs and got to meet a lot of people that day! Again, so many people came up to our volunteers to talk to them about Fibromyalgia whether they had it themselves or knew someone who did, we manage to reach out to so many people this way making them aware that there is support for Fibromyalgia right here in Newcastle! We made a whopping £466 which will help us so much into the new year!
We’d like to take the time to sincerely thank each and every one of our volunteers who helped to fund-raise for our support group over the past year, your time and efforts have made a massive difference to our community. We’re always desperate for more volunteers to help us at our fundraising events, members, family, friends it can be absolutely anybody! From my own personal experience I can say that it really was one of the best things I’ve done recently and allowed to me integrate back into a busy environment speaking to the public and raising awareness for Fibromyalgia. It’s something I will definitely be doing a lot more of in the new year, and it would be wonderful if we could make our New Years resolutions to be to work on our self confidence and help our group continue to grow! A few hours of your time every couple of months could really help you so much mentally and emotionally, because we need to remember to invest in all aspects of our health! You could also help our community continue to grow and you’ll be supporting your fellow members through often difficult times.
We only have one meeting left in 2016! This year has flown by crazy fast! See you all for our Christmas party on Monday the 19th of December!
See you there,