FOR YOUR BAKE
We suggest £4/$4 - but accept any donation!
Funds go directly to Open Medicine Foundation to support collaborative medical research to find effective treatments and diagnostic markers for chronic complex diseases with initial focus on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) and LONG COVID
ALL LEVELS/AGES are encouraged to enter a BAKE into ROUND 8 the "SUCH FUN" virtual baking competition! Just make your bake as FUN as possible!
It's simple - take a photo of your bake and TAG @bake4mecfs or #bake4mecfs and/or #cakes4longcovid on any of our social media platforms!
If you're not on social media you can email your bake to email@example.com
To help us maximise raising awareness (and funds!) we ask for you to nominate 4 friends to also bake!
Our Celeb Judge Jennie Jacques will give STAR BAKER a personal shout out and this month's Judge joining her will be Miranda Hart; The Miranda Shop is kindly gifting a £50 to spend online to the chosen STAR BAKER!
ME/CFS is a life-altering and complex multi-system disease that persists for a minimum of 6 months. People who are diagnosed usually have a very poor quality of life and can be unable to cope with even general daily activity - ie taking a shower or brushing teeth can be virtually impossible in some case. The illness fluctuates for some who are moderate to mild which means they get some relief but for others it can be severe and constant. Even with the milder cases of ME/CFS life remains limited with serious repercussions, especially if a patient attempts physical activity.
The cause of ME/CFS remains unknown and this is why we desperately need to help the researchers! Patients can be left bed-bound and house-bound for years due to physical disability and associated chronic pain. There are overlaps with other illnesses such as fibromyalgia, POTS and even multiple chronic and persistent new infections can sometimes take advantage of the person who is already unwell.
Imagine lockdown, forever and then inject the flu plus a heavy hangover with out the partying - you might get an idea of how some days for some people with this illness can be...
For several decades, very sadly, those diagnosed have suffered in almost complete silence. We must give people with ME/CFS a voice. There are millions of people missing from life due to this illness. We need your help! Baking a cake and donating some spare change will contribute to raising awareness for ME/CFS and funds for The Open Medicine Foundation to accelerate scientific research.
ME/CFS can be triggered by many forms of trauma, the most common form is a viral infection. COVID-19 is a potential trigger for many more cases of ME/CFS, which we may begin to see over the coming months - this is why we need to get ahead before we get even more behind. Post-viral illness is not something to be taken lightly - as many more will unfortunately soon discover.
This was written last year and since then, as predicted, post infectious illness and long term viral damage and debilitation is escalating. 'Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) is leading a large-scale international collaborative study investigating the potential conversion of Post-COVID infection — more commonly known as Long COVID or Post-COVID Syndrome — to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), a chronic, life-altering disease with no known cause, diagnostic test or FDA approved treatments available.
Up to 2.5 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from ME/CFS; the COVID-19 pandemic could at least double that number. OMF is funding the Post-COVID to ME/CFS research study to find the answers necessary to return millions back to health.
The COVID crisis presented a unique opportunity to understand how a viral infection — in this case COVID-19 — may develop into ME/CFS in some patients. OMF's goal is to find targeted treatments for ME/CFS patients and ultimately prevent its onset in people infected with COVID-10 or other viral-infections.
Open Medicine Foundation Collaborative Network is conducting an international, multi-year study to unlock the triggering mechanisms of ME/CFS as revealed through the study of Post-COVID Syndrome patients!'
#BAKE4MECFS #pets4longcovid is a fun and simple way to show those who are suffering, we hear them and we care!
This Saxon Queen duo from the infamous show Vikings kicked off our first round of baking - actresses Jennie Jacques and Amy Bailey!
For the 2nd Round of BAKE4MECFS we were lucky enough to have English Actress, comedian and writer Miranda Hart join the judging panel! And in collaboration with The Miranda Shop, Miranda Hart is back to judge Round 8! Such Fun!
Talented cake designer and teacher Georgia Green (Georgia's Cakes) kicked off round 3 with the inspirational Anna 'M.E myself and I' who has raised £20,000 since 2013 for ME/CFS!
Round 4 - the spooky special - we were delighted to have Actress and recipe creator Fay Ripley along with GBBO Finalist Helena Garcia on our Halloween bake off judging panel...
Round 5 - The Viking Queen herself helped us to judge the Christmas Round! Do you think she uses her sword to cut the cake?
Round 6 - The Ultimate Story Book Bake Off! We were lucky enough to have Irish Novelist known for works like PS I LOVE YOU! And disabled writer and blogger Lorna @creamcrackeredblog
Visit us on our social media pages to see the true beauty of this STAR BAKE - "Flight of the bees." We were lucky enough to have an artist on board who gifted a profound oil painting of the bakers pet, Claude Monet by @artbyscottalexander. And @kittysharpart gifted a unique bake portrait of this fabulous entry too!
A regular baker for our contest caught our judges eyes with this wonderful entry and artist @felicityfranksportraits gifted a picture perfect painting of the bakers pet! Meet Dotty!
A detailed bake entered by James who will be soon be receiving a pet portrait of his lovely cat by an artist called Chloe Bruce @paint.the.moment!
Our Judges were spoiled for choice, as usual, for Round 7. And our contest was this time spoiled for gift and support by the generosity of #artistsoninstagram!