On the 26th January the Mayor of Birmingham will cut the ribbon on a new specialist centre for people with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyalitis), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and other similar conditions.
The Salus Sanctuary, made possible by a grant of over £300,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and £33,000 from Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust, was started just seven years ago by Linda Jones, who at the time was struggling to recover from ME. Linda was a successful company director and a mother of two young children when she was struck down by illness.
ME is a debilitating condition causing extreme exhaustion and constant chronic pain.
Linda researched the illness and started her own recovery programme. The experience of her long lonely battle back to health made her determined that other people would not have to face that frightening fight without help.
As well as office space for the organisation the new Salus Sanctuary offers a comfortable, spacious room for people to attend support groups and workshops.
One of the main aims of the charity is educating the public about ME and helping people identify its symptoms sooner. By informing people about the dangers of modern lifestyles with their increasing stress levels and high-sugar processed foods, the charity hopes to prevent some people tipping over the edge into chronic illness.