Bridge to turn blue to raise awareness of ME

Berwick's Royal Border Bridge will turn blue in recognition of ME Awareness Day on Saturday.

Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 12:49 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 12:55 pm
Berwick's Royal Border Bridge. Picture by George Crawford.

ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) is a severe neurological disease that blights the lives of around 250,000 people and is believed to cost the UK £3.3billion each year.

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Around 25 per cent of people with ME are severely affected at various stages during the illness, while some may require tube-feeding.

Dr Charles Shepherd, medical adviser to the ME Association, said: “It is an invisible illness. When you see us, we might not always look ill, but when our symptoms flare, the effects are obvious. It can feel like a constant flu, the smallest exertion can floor us, our bodies are painfully sore, restful sleep alludes us, light and noise are intolerable and brain fog causes confusion. ME remains a hidden disease. There is no known cure and no effective treatment.”