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Help the fight against migraine by supporting Feeding Friendsy Fortnight!

Charity Migraine Action is calling for people to take part in its Feeding Friendsy Fortnight to show their support for the millions of people currently living with migraine in the UK.
Migraine is a ‘Cinderella’ condition which generally lacks public support and is often dismissed as ‘just a bad headache’ when in reality it is a serious neurological condition which can wreak lives and lead to the breakdown of personal relationships and the end of careers.

To help enable the charity to continue its work supporting the one in seven adults and one in ten children with migraine in the UK, Migraine Action is asking people to host a food-related fundraiser between Monday 28th October and Sunday 10th November.

Whether it is a dinner party for friends, a coffee morning at the local church, a cake sale at work or a tapas style ‘everyone bring a dish’ evening - and with Halloween and Bonfire night taking place during the fortnight – there are numerous opportunities for fun get-togethers to benefit the charity which has been helping people with migraine for over fifty years.

Migraineur Claire Easton is supporting the initiative. Claire, 30, from Newton Abbot in Devon, who has been affected by migraines since the age of fourteen, says:
“I find my migraines really disabling. Hormonally-linked attacks effectively stop my life for three days each month and this is on top of other random attacks. I have been subject to formal sickness monitoring in previous workplaces and as a new mum I now struggle to manage my attacks with the need to care for my daughter. In the middle of an attack I have felt I would rather die than continue to experience the pain. The severe lack of awareness about what it is like to live with migraine makes it even harder to cope with. The help of an organisation like Migraine Action is so important and I hope that people will get involved in Feeding Friendsy Fortnight.”

Joanna Hamilton-Colclough, Director of Migraine Action, says:
“People sometimes question the need for a migraine charity because they do not understand the immense impact that attacks can have on individuals and their families. Our services offer a lifeline to many but we can only continue to challenge the burden of migraine with public support. Whether you have migraine, know someone who does, or would simply like to organise a fun get-together with friends whilst raising a few pounds to help our work we would love you to get involved.”

If you are interested in hosting a Feeding Friendsy event please contact Migraine Action to register your interest or to obtain a supporter pack. Call 0116 275 8137, email info@migraine.org.uk or visit http://www.migraine.org.uk for more information.

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Notes to editors:

For more information or for migraine case-studies please contact:
Rachel Markham, PR and Marketing Officer, Migraine Action: Email rachelmarkham@migraine.org.uk or call 0116 2758317

Migraine Action

Migraine Action is a registered charity (number 207783) which provides support to those affected by migraine, whether individuals, families, employers or employees and medical professionals by providing:
• Advice (whether by phone, online or in person)
• Information (through booklets, websites for adults and children and the support of a nurse specialist on our dedicated helplines)
• Research (collaborating with academic institutions in order to understand the causes of, and reduce the impact of migraine)
• Acting as a link between medical professionals and those who are affected by migraine.
Migraine Action is a totally independent membership charity and its core work is funded solely by donations and membership subscriptions. Membership costs £25 annually. For further information on migraine and its management, please contact Migraine Action, 4th Floor, 27 East Street, Leicester, LE1 6NB. Tel: 0116 275 8317 or visit www.migraine.org.uk.

Migraine Facts And Figures

• One in seven people in the UK have migraine
• Migraine is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined
• Migraine affects twice as many women as men
• Migraine affects people of all ages (even young children) and all social classes
• Migraine is more than just a headache. Other symptoms can include visual disturbances, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, noise or smell
• A migraine attack can last for between 4 and 72 hours
• Migraineurs experience an average of 13 attacks each year
• An estimated 190,000 people have a migraine attack every day in the UK
• Every day more than 100,000 people are absent from work or school in the UK as a result of migraine
• Migraine costs the UK around £2.25 billion per annum
• The World Health Organisation has recognised migraine as the seventh commonest disabling condition worldwide