The Countess is Founder of Forward-ME, which consists of M.E. and CFS charities and voluntary organisations which meet at her invitation in the House of Lords. The Aim of Forward-ME is ‘to promote effective joint working by M.E. and CFS organisations to maximise impact on behalf of all people with M.E. and CFS in the UK. It exists to improve recognition, understanding, research, management, support and information for everyone whose life is affected by M.E. and CFS’. The M.E. Trust is a member.