News from Smile for ME

Merryn’s Smile Day

On the 13th May we celebrated Merryn’s Smile Day.

We sent 45 Smiles, triple the number of a regular month, to Severe ME sufferers in Merryn’s name. Our Merryn’s Smile Day Smiles are slightly different to our regular Smiles. We offer 5 options, cosy accessories, cuddly toy, pamper items, balloons, or flowers/plant which are then personalised to each individual. The Smiles are not wrapped as opening presents with Severe ME can be difficult in many ways, however they are still packaged with love which Merryn radiated.

Inside each Smile was a rose quartz heart as Merryn loved rose quartz as well as a poem written by a fellow Severe ME sufferer Helen Rose. Thank you Helen for writing such a beautiful poem for us.

Some comments on receiving of Smiles:

“My daughter received her smile today and it certainly made her smile thank yous so much xx”

*high pitched squeal* “Oh my goodness!!! This made my month!! Thank you to Smile For ME for the amazing work you do. You have made my day with all these lovely cuddley squishy, gorgeous pressies I love them all and it really means a lot to me” *happy squeals*

“Hi, I received a smile for ME package in Merryn’s name today and just wanted to say a massive thank you!! It was such an amazing surprise and has cheered me up so much today! Everything included is so cosy and just perfect for me. Thank you again, this is such a lovely gesture”

“When we opened up Murrays parcel today, the tears were replaced by a big smile – thank you Smile For ME from the bottom of my heart for making my gorgeous boy smile today xxx”

“Thank you so much for Alexs gorgeous Merryn Smile Day gift such a lovely way to remember Merryn while sending a smile to severe suffers. Sending love to Merryns family”

“I’ve just received a smile in Merryn’s name and you can see that it has truly done its job. Thank you so much!! And to De who nominated me!’“

May 12th -ME awarenessday

Throughout the month we helped raise awareness of ME by sharing previous ‘Share a story’ posts on our social media. We hope by sharing personal stories from people affected it helped to raise awareness and remind others they are not alone.

All our previous ‘Share a story’ pieces can be found on our website. If you would like to share your story please get in contact with us smileformecharity

Smile of the month

What’s made you smile this month? Each month we ask this question on social media and we love hearing the responses. We hope by sharing some of your smiles it can help others to find a smile too. Some of the reactions:

“Seeing my youngest niece and nephew after not seeing them since Christmas”
“Cat cuddles”
“Seeing a jay! (It’s such a beautiful bird)
“Being well enough to have cuddles with my doggo for the first time in months!”

Blue Sunday

15th May was this year’s Blue Sunday, The Tea Party For ME. Thanks to Anna, the founder, the ME community, their family and friends came together and raised an incredible amount of money for ME charities.

A massive thank you to everyone who kindly chose to support Smile For ME. An amazing £1,739.85 was raised for us which will enable us to continue sending Smiles so thank you very much.

Thank you’s

A big thank you to everyone who has supported us this month. From the supportive messages to the generous donations, your kindness has meant a lot. We would not be able to do what we do without your generosity so we can’t thank you enough.

Source: May’s newsletter of Smile for ME

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