The Colchester MESH Group was formed in 1990 and we are a registered charity serving sufferers (family & friends) from mainly Colchester and the surrounding area of North East Essex. There is a subscription of £10 and currently we have about 100 members.
We have a fully elected committee, comprising of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster. Our Medical Advisor is Dr A. Chaudhuri, DM MD PhD FACP FRCP Glasg FRCP Lond, Consultant Neurologist & Clinical Lead in Neurology. We also have as Medical Advisor Professor B. Puri, from Hammersmith Hospital, London. Dr Elizabeth Dowsett (Hon Consultant Microbiologist) was for many years our first Medical Advisor. Sadly Dr Dowsett died in June 2012.
Members receive a quarterly newsletter and new members are helped where necessary. Meetings are usually held quarterly when there is usually a guest speaker. We have a wide variety of guest speakers on subjects of interest to ME sufferers. Members are given all details of forthcoming meetings in the newsletter which is sent out at least two weeks prior to the meeting taking place. These details are also available on our website as soon as the meeting details are confirmed. There is a subscription of £10 per year, renewable in March each year. The newsletter may be viewed online, however if you wish to attend meetings the requirement will be after your first meeting you will be required to pay the annual subscription. This subscription goes towards the cost of both hiring the hall, and in most cases the expenses of our speakers. Those people requiring the newsletter via post should pay the annual subscription on joining the group.
The group is affiliated to Action for ME.