By Catriona Webster in The Sunday Post.
BELLE and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch will call on people to “make a noise” to help improve the lives of at least 20,000 Scots living with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
The lead singer of the indie band, who has lived with the condition most of his adult life, will join campaigners in Edinburgh to mark ME awareness day on Saturday.
ME Action Scotland wants the Scottish Government and NHS Education for Scotland to provide funding for biomedical research into ME and commit to the education of healthcare professionals about the little-understood condition.
ME, sometimes known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is a debilitating neurological disease which causes symptoms including profound fatigue and cognitive impairment and can strike people of all ages, devastating previously healthy and active lives.
Speaking before the event, Murdoch said: “So many people with ME are housebound and these are people that we really have to make a noise for.
“I was thinking the other day there used to be a charity, I think it was Christian Aid, and they had a motto – ‘we believe in a life before death’ – because of some of their causes, and I think that would be a good motto for ME.”
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