There are three ways you can help:
- Educate the public
- Fundraise for vital research
- Advocate for better care
1. Educate the public
If you have a little free time, you can educate family, friends and the general public on Lyme disease prevention and recognition.
Print some of our educational leaflets or, if you will be distributing a lot, contact us to ask for some printed trifold leaflets. We can also provide formats for co-branding, leaving a space for you to promote your business if you wish.
You can ask nearby outdoor activity centres or nature reserves if you can give them some information to display in their visitor centre. Look up national nature reserves near you here.
Ask your local schools or scout groups if you can give a presentation to the children. Schools are likely to be particularly interested at the start of spring term, when the tick biting season is begining.
We have done all the preparation for you. You just need to print our primary school worksheets complete with teachers’ notes, which are designed to fit in with the “Mini Beasts” component of the national curriculum. Ask the school in advance if they will be able to photocopy the worksheets for you.
2. Fundraise for vital research
You can get involved by raising money towards the vital research that we need in order to find cures for Lyme disease patients. This will provide the solutions that Lyme disease patients really need.
We have heaps of ideas for fundraising activities you can organise, playing to your personal strengths and interests.
If you decide to fundraise, first read through our FUNDRAISING CHECKLIST to make sure you follow the right steps and make full use of the resources we have created to help you.
If you are unwell but still want to do your bit, remember that sharing other people’s fundraising activities via social media or word of mouth always helps.
You can also help raise corporate donations by registering with Easyfundraising: all you do is shop online as usual, and the company makes a donation to us.
3. Advocate for better care
If you are a Lyme disease patient, you can read the NICE guideline, or our Three minute summary of the guideline. Making sure that you know and understand what it offers will mean you can ask your GP for the right care.
The guideline is new, and sometimes it takes a bit of “pull” from patients to make sure that doctors are studying it and taking on board the updates it recommends. This may not just help you, but also the next patient with Lyme disease who walks through your doctor’s door.