Welcome to AYME

The Association of Young People with ME (AYME) is a UK charity that provides support for children and young people aged up to 26 who have M.E./CFS. AYME is also here to help and support parents, carers and professionals in health, education and social care. 

This site shares some of the wide range of information and experience we have available, including features on health, education and real life accounts from young people with M.E./CFS.


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AYME's Lead Medical Advisor, Dr Esther Crawley has been promoted to Professor and appointed to the Chair of Professor of Child Health at the University of Bristol.

On hearing the news Mary-Jane Willows, AYME's Chief Executive, says: "There can be no-one more deserving of this position. Esther works tirelessly and diligently on behalf of children and young people with ME leading the field in the UK on paediatric research. Through her work in clinic she brings hope to many families from across the UK who may have had to wait for years to be seen. Her work provides evidence to challenge the stigma and disbelief faced by these children and young people on a daily basis. Without her expertise we would be years behind in treating and exploring more effective ways to manage the condition."

As Consultant Paediatrician, with a special interest in CFS/ME, Esther is the clinical lead for Bath's specialist CFS/M.E. service for children based at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases. The hospital currently provides assessment and treatment for over 200 children and young people each year.

Congratulations to Esther on her appointment!








AYME is a registered charity 1082059, company registration 03981646.

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Time to celebrate

Find out how you could be stepping out in Paloma Faith's shoes!


AYME's Lead Medical Advisor, Dr Esther Crawley has been promoted to Professor and appointed to the Chair of Professor of Child Health at the University of Bristol. See left.

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Great North Run 11 September 2016

A fantastic challenge that sees thousands cross the finish line. The 13.1 mile route takes runners through the city centre towards the river Tyne where thousands of people cross the iconic Tyne Bridge. Only 10 places left, so hurry to get yours!

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For further information on taking part in any of these events, please contact:
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New research explores the aspects of life and health outcomes that matter to children with M.E./CFS.


AYME Supporters
For friends and professionals and all those who wish to support us in the work we do; and receive news, research and fundraising updates.

Parents and Carers (previously LINK)
Being a family member of a young person with ME/CFS comes with its own set of challenges, which is why we set up the Parents and Carers group - to equip you with the support and information you need, every step of the way.

Find out more 


Please share your stories and experiences with us. Those we've received so far are truly inspiring, and can bring hope to young people, and their families and supporters.
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