£5,000 donation to The Association of Young People with M.E. (AYME)

The Association of Young People with M.E. (AYME) is a UK charity, based in Newport Pagnell that provides support for children and young people aged up to 26 who have M.E. / CFS.

M.E. or Myalgic Encephalopathy, is often referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS).

Buckinghamshire Freemasons were recently delighted to donate £5,000 to the Charity via the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, The Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country and supports hundreds of local causes and charities throughout the UK every year.

Mary-Jane Willows CEO of AYME said: "M.E. causes a wide range of symptoms, including intense tiredness, aches and pains, and can make it very difficult to concentrate or perform everyday tasks easily. Symptoms can come and go, and will vary from person to person. We are extremely grateful to Bucks Freemasons and the MCF for this most generous donation as it will really help in our continuing work to bring more awareness of this condition to a wider audience. In the 20 years since we were founded we have helped more than 10,000 children and young adults and this donation will be used in our 'Children in Distress' programme to help alleviate the symptoms of those youngsters who are particularly badly affected or are seriously ill."

Gordon Robertson, Buckinghamshire PGM added: "We are very pleased to assist AYME with this donation and hope that their important work will continue to raise awareness of this debilitating illness. It is also one of the many and varied ways in which Bucks Freemasons' core values of Friendship, Integrity and Charity are used to benefit all the members of our community."