Going forward into 2019, MCS-Aware is launching its new ‘100’ fundraising appeal.
The charity is aiming to reach out to 100 people who could make a commitment to give as little as £3 a month, to help MCS-Aware continue the critical work it carries out supporting people with MCS, and raising awareness of the condition.
MCS – ‘multiple chemical sensitivity’ – is a chronic, disabling condition affecting many thousands of people worldwide. Sufferers, often previously healthy, can develop physical reactions to a wide range of everyday chemicals – such as paints, petrol fumes, perfumes and pesticides – at extremely low levels (along with biological contaminants such as mould).
Symptoms are numerous and can range from skin and respiratory reactions, to severe headaches, cognitive impairment, fatigue, and in extreme cases physical collapse. Many sufferers are unable to work, and can become housebound and isolated from family and friends.
MCS is often part of a wider picture of environmental illness, and is common in conditions such as ME/CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, lyme disease, autism, and some auto-immune disorders.
At present there are few effective treatments, other than general avoidance of chemical triggers, and MCS-Aware aims to campaign for greater recognition of the condition along with research into causes and treatments.
The charity currently receives no government funding and relies on member subscriptions and donations in order to be able to support people with MCS and environmental illness.
Please help spread the word and raise funds for our new ‘100’ appeal, so we can continue our vital work supporting sufferers and raising awareness.
If you are unable to help personally, do you know someone – a family member, friend, neighbour or other acquaintance – who might be able to help?
Please feel free to photocopy this form and distribute as widely as possible. Copies will also be available to download from our website, and please consider sending out an email to your contacts with a link to this.
Thank you for making a difference!