I hope it's OK to put this here. I previously wrote an article for Phoenix Rising on Gillian's plight, four years ago : http://phoenixrising.me/archives/14991 Den Project Appeal for Gillian McCarthy, ME/MCS sufferer This has been posted by one of the people who try to offer what little support that they can. He has raised money for her in the past by sponsored runs and is going to do another one in Feb to help boost the funds here. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Gillian-McCarthy This is the film he has made to go with the appeal Gillian had a terrible fire earlier this year in the huts where she still lived. She was lucky to escape with her life but it did destroy all that was in there - most of her belongings. Since then, she is living in the tiny 'Den' building that was only ever intended as a respite, not as a permanent home. Unbelievably, she has received virtually no official help, despite being interviewed and assessed by social workers. They are unable to find a carer for her, so any help that has been given since the fire has come from volunteers as ever. I still write to Gillian (am too far away to visit and have no transport anyway), and I have been doing my best to help source some basic organic clothing items for her that she can tolerate as most of her clothing and bedding were lost in the fire. I have also just sourced a Solar Kettle that I hope may prove useful to take the chill off water for her. Her mother who is now in her late 80s still does her washing and banking.