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Since Hope 4 ME Fibro (Newry & Mourne ME/Fibromyalgia) Support Group began almost five years ago there have been many fundraising events. We have bring & buy events, raffles, parties and more.



News just in from member Martin O Brien, the clothes bank in Belleek was full again, has been collected by the recycling firm and cheque on the way to our charity.

A big thank you to Martin for getting this all arranged and to Brendan Mackin for allowing clothes bank in his yard, directly beside main road to Newtownhamilton!

Thanks so much to all locals who donated.


Don't forget we can arrange for your unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags etc to be collected from your door anywhere in NI, if there's 6 black bags or more.

We're working with two recycling firms and clothes can also be dropped off at the office in Bessbrook.

So no excuse now but to clear out the wardrobes and declutter, all for the cause of course.

Joan McParland

Fundraising events

Hope 4 ME & FIBRO received goodie bags from LIDL this year as runners up in their community works project.

Many thanks to Allan Mccullough from Larne for completing the Seeley 10k Run in Ormeau Park, Belfast, with all proceeds going to Hope 4 ME & Fibro Northern Ireland.

Thanks to Trustee Sally Birch for organising a cake sale at her local dog training club.

Thanks to member Nicola Kell, from South Shields in England, who completed a skydive with all proceeds going to Hope 4 ME & Fibro Northern Ireland.

Total amount raised £1,000

Thank you Shirley Briggs and son. Also, Shauna Matthews who volunteered to raise awareness in Lurgan today at Tescos.

Total raised £70

Thank you to Dermot McArdle for arranging another fundraising collection day at Eurospar Cloughue. Also thank you to Valerie Crozier, Phillip Bradley, Martin O Brien, Stephen Mcparland, Joan Mcparland, May Patton, Shauna Matthews and Deborah and Aoife Flanagan for all volunteering to raise awareness today.

Total raised £600.

Thanks to Theresa O'Hagan, from Bodyshop, for running a fundraiser earlier this year. Prizes were a beautiful Bodyshop basket full of wonderful products, and congratulations to all the winners.

Total raised £250.

Big thank you to Dermot McArdle for arranging a fundraising event, (September 2013) Martina Marks May Patton, Tom Magner, Stephen McParland, Dermot McArdle, Siobhan Dodds, Martin O'Brien, Joan Fitzpatrick McShane, daughter and friends.

A massive £470.51 was raised at the Eurospar door collection plus the added bonus of loads of awareness!

Thanks to member Dermot McArdle for arranging another fundraising day, in Halifax building society Buttercrane shopping centre Newry.

On Friday 20th February 2015, Dermot began the fundraising at 9am by selling beautiful cakes buns and cupcakes. Most of which were donated by our members.Thank you also to Rosalind McKinley for baking cupcakes for the fundraising day.

Later in the day we had help from Ivan Horsefall and Phillip Bradley, and Eileen Marks and sold 3/4 of the stock we had been donated. On the day the total raised was £250 which the Halifax have kindly agreed to double.

Newry & Mourne get donation from Black Santa Christmas appeal.

On Sunday 1st February 2015, Horace Reid and Rosie Bradley attended the annual Good Samaritan
church service in St. Anne’s Cathedral Belfast, for the Black Santa Appeal. This year Newry & Mourne were one of
the recipients of a donation from the Black Santa sit out, which takes place every year in the run up to Christmas.

The support group received £800 from the Black Santa appeal, which was received by Horace Reid and Rosie Bradley on behalf of the support group.

The Committee and members of Newry & Mourne ME/FMS Support Group would like to extend their gratitude to Dean Mann and Black Santa for their donation.

St. Annes Cathedral, Belfast

The black Santa appeal, St. Annes Cathedral, Belfast

Please help us raise funds by donating your unwanted clothes.

Simply fill a bag with unwanted items and contact Cash for Clobber, informing them you want the money to go to Newry & Mourne ME/FMS Support Group. They will arrange a collection or contact one of our committee members via our group email to arrange this for you,

Thank You.

Other events

A massive THANK YOU to Sharon Jardine's friend, Sybil Campbell, from Bangor, for selling her delicious homemade jam to raise funds for our support group. A massive £111.60 has raised and we deeply appreciate this very kind gesture.

Sybill Cambell's jam

Sybill Cambell's jam

One of our first fundraisers. A skydive generously undertaken by Simone Bell.

Simone bravely jumped out of the plane all in aid of ME/Fibromyalgia. The event took place November 2012 and raised much needed funds for bio-medical research.


Past funders & sponsors

We would like to thank:

Awards for All, Big Lottery Fund N.I.
Feile Joe, The O'Toole Family, Ballymacnab, Armagh
Newry & Mourne District Council
Eileen Laura McConkey, Memorial Fund