Why I Started A ‘Knitathon’ To Raise Awareness And Funds For ME/CFS



From The Mighty.


My name is Lauren Childs and I am the founder and organizer of the “All About M.E. Knitathon.” I live in the west midlands in England, UK.

I wanted to create an awareness project which was going to be eye-catching and a way in which the ME/CFS forgotten individuals from across the world could be seen and appreciated and understood. The knitathon is called the “All About M.E. Knitathon.” Since May 2017-May 2018, I asked those with ME/CFS, families, friends, carers, knitters to join to together and knit 6”x6” squares, to unite us in strength and hope and gain awareness and funds the more the squares grew. I also asked those with ME/CFS and families to write a small card about how ME affects them. Each individual square represents each individual struggle, voice, personality and soul.

The response has been tremendous. I have received near enough 1000 squares and they have come as far as New Zealand and Canada. These squares have been made into blankets and I have been lucky enough to be allowed to exhibit them, along with the awareness stories, at Coventry Cathedral, Coventry. The display will take place May 8, 2018 – May 14, 2018. Knitting and crocheting helps so many people with ME/CFS as it is an activity which can be done in bed or on the sofa and has small amounts of exertion and gives them an escape and allows them to feel productive.


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