National ME charity opens Newport Pagnell offices

Mary-Jane Willows and local dignitaries officially open AYME's new offices in Newport Pagnell. Photography by Phone Box. PNL-150713-125427001
Mary-Jane Willows and local dignitaries officially open AYME's new offices in Newport Pagnell. Photography by Phone Box. PNL-150713-125427001

A national charity opened its new offices in Newport Pagnell on Friday with a tea party.

The Association of Young People with ME (AYME), was joined by friends and supporters including the mayors of Milton Keynes and Newport Pagnell and MP Mark Lancaster.

AYME is the largest charity in the UK for children and young people up to the age of 26 living with ME or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). It provides support and information to its 4,000 members, their parents and carers, and the 25,000 children in the UK with the conditions.

Founded in 1996 the charity’s first office was in Woughton Park and it has moved to new premises on Silver Street.

Mark Ellis, chair of AYME, said: “It was fantastic to mark the opening of our new Newport Pagnell offices on a sunny Friday, and very special to be joined by so many of AYME’s new friends and supporters.

“Not only was the day a celebration of our new offices and marking the next chapter for the charity, but it was also an opportunity to thank everyone for the many different ways in which they help AYME and its members.

“Without their support we couldn’t carry out the vital and far-reaching work we do.

“Special thanks also go to Costa and Tesco for donating refreshments on the day – it is wonderful to have such support already from local businesses.”

The new office opening coincided with the display of knitted tulips in the shop window of Bluebell Florists, Newport Pagnell, as part of the ‘knit a tulip for ME’ campaign. Launched in May 2015 by a team of mothers whose children suffer from ME and CFS, the campaign aims to raise awareness and produce 25,000 woollen blooms – one for every child affected by ME or CFS in the UK.

Singer Paloma Faith has donated a pair of her shoes to the charity which have been put on display.

For more information, visit www.ayme.org.uk.