One of the organisations I'm closely involved with is the county ME support group. Perhaps you know someone who has suffered from this distressing condition also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I have known several people who have been struck down with ME and I am really worried that even now many members of the medical community seem not to accept just how serious it is.
Last week I was at Amphlett House in Worcester Road, Droitwich, meeting members of the support group. As well as people suffering from ME now, we had parents who cared for grown-up children with ME and one gentleman whom had recovered from it.

Listening to their courageous stories of coping nor just with the condition but also with the indifference and incomprehension of many professionals was both useful and moving. I am glad that the Medical Research Council is now commissioning new and important studies into ME that will, I hope, lead to better diagnosis and treatment.

Later the same day I went to help at the opening of the new facilities of Barrie Beard the highly successful local electrical contracting firm. Barrie was there with his family - it really is a family business - for a happy occasion showing that, even in difficult times, well run businesses offering superior service can prosper. The firm is doing a lot of work locally but was also involved last year with the Weston-super-Mare pier and, more recently, with the shooting facilities for the Olympic Games. It's good to see the Olympics bringing work to Worcestershire!


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