Patrons of The M.E. Trust
John Rutter CBE is a distinguished composer and conductor. Between 1975 and 1979 he was director of music at Clare College, Cambridge. He founded the Cambridge Singers and Collegium Records.
He is often invited to compose music for special occasions, most memorably for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
In the 1980s he suffered from ME and in a letter to the Spectator wrote that ME is 'an unpleasant physical illness: it ruined seven years of my life'.
Bishop James Newcome
The Lead Bishop for Healthcare
Bishop James Newcome, the Bishop of Carlisle, is the Lead Bishop for Healthcare in the Church of England and sits in the House of Lords. He is passionate about healthcare and healing. He developed a special interest in ME/CFS through seeing the devastating effect of the illness on a personal friend, and from meeting people with the illness in his ministry. Bishop James once worked as an ambulance driver and is married to a former health visitor. He has four children, one of whom is training to be a doctor.
He states, ‘So many people with ME/CFS are suffering without being heard or adequately supported. With the right help and support many could benefit from an improved quality of life and some experience physical improvements or even recovery. I am delighted to support The M.E Trust in providing diagnosis, specialist compassionate care and treatment, which can transform lives’.
Dr Mike Cheshire
Clinical Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians 2007-10
Mike practised as a Consultant Physician in geriatric and general medicine from 1983 until his recent retirement. From 2009-2013 he was Medical Director for the North West Strategic Health Authority, and Secondary Care Clinician for Central Manchester CCG.
From 2007-2010, Mike was Clinical Vice President at the Royal College of Physicians. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of General Practitioners & American College of Physicians. He is clinical leader at the King’s Fund Patient & Family Centred Care Project, non executive director of Stockport Foundation Trust, and medical advisor to Broughton House in Salford, a charitably funded nursing home.
Mike is interested in a ‘whole person’ approach to patient care and says, ‘We should treat people who are ill and not just the disease’.
Countess of Mar
The Countess of Mar is an hereditary peer in the House of Lords and is a passionate campaigner on behalf of people affected by ME/CFS.
She Chairs Forward-ME which meets in the House of Lords ‘to promote effective joint working by ME and CFS organisations in order to improve recognition, understanding, research, management, support and information for everyone affected by ME/CFS.’