May is Lyme Awareness Month. It’s a chance for Lyme charities, patients, supporters and educators to put a spotlight on the disease and increase knowledge among the public about symptoms and causes.
This is done by arranging various awareness and fundraising activities throughout the month.
You can see what Caudwell LymeCo is up to below, and we encourage our supporters to get involved in whatever they can to help spread awareness.
Wear Lime for Lyme Day – Friday 3 May
On Friday 3 May, we’re encouraging all Lyme supporters to take part in the “Wear Lime for Lyme” initiative.
All you need to do is wear something lime-coloured (or any shade of green!) on this day to show your support, help raise awareness, and start conversations. This can be something as small as a pair of socks, a ribbon in the hair, an awareness band or a scarf. Or it could be the t-shirt of your chosen Lyme charity, or even a silly outfit (work permitting!).
The most important thing is to take part, and to get a bit of a buzz going on social media by sharing photos of yourselves in your green outfit or items, tagging us or your chosen Lyme charity in them, and using the hashtag #wearlimeforlyme.
If you’re taking part and want to make an extra difference, you could also choose to donate £2 or £3 to your chosen Lyme charity. A bit like when you have dress down days at work or school!
Do spread the word and join us on wearing Lime for Lyme on Friday 3 May.
Throughout the month, we’re encouraging our supporters to arrange or take part in Lymewalks in their local community.
These aim to raise awareness, and also raise a little money towards the charity’s Lyme research fund via donations from participants.
We have walks due to take place in the Lake District, Glasgow and Chesterfield, as well as our own walk which will take place in Staffordshire on Saturday 11 May. You can check out our event on Facebook.
Check out our Lymewalks webpage for more info.
Out and about
We’re heading out in the community during May, to speak to members of the public about Lyme.
We’ll be speaking to shoppers at local centres, and popping up at the offices of some local employers to hand out leaflets, spread the word on Lyme, and run raffles to raise money towards our research fund.
We’ll post what we’re up to on our Facebook page.
The charity offers free awareness talks for all different types of community groups, to educate on how Lyme can be spotted, treated, and most importantly; prevented.
If you’re involved with a community group who often heads outdoors, such as guides, scouts Duke of Edinburgh, or a walking group, then do get in touch about our free talks and we’ll do our best to deliver one during May – or at any time!
We’ll be making various awareness and information posts on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts throughout the month, so make sure you follow, like, and share anything you think may help others.