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Invest in ME
UK Rituximab Trial/B-cell Research

Our FundRaising  

Invest in ME (Research) has created a separate strand to our Biomedical Research Fund which will be explicitly used for this UK rituximab trial and asscoiated B-cell research.

A specific fund-raising thermometer was created just for this project - see the image on the left. This has been updated as we progressed with the crowd funding. It includes all donations and pledges of funding.

The total funding requirement for this trial was initially set at £350,000 with the caveat that this would be refined as we progressed the project and as the preliminary study began at UCL.

In fact, after an impressive campaign lasting a year, in August 2014 Invest in ME (Research) secured the initial target amount of £350,000.

This was a daunting task but not one the charity thought impossible to achieve.

IiME's supporters rose to the challenge with positive campaigns which raised funds and awareness.

Interestingly it was less than some funding given recently by the MRC to researchers performing research in other areas connected to ME.


In order to build a trials protocol and identify likely responders a preliminary B-cell study has been underway at UCL. This will lead to the clinical trial.

In order to continue B-cell study research in ME, and as part of the overall research portfolio that Invest in ME Research has with UCL, we are committing ourselves to fund a new PhD studentship at UCL beginning next year. This will augment the proposed Invest in ME rituximab clinical trial, will secure the longer term research into ME and will continue the relationship which IiME has built up with UCL [click here].

If you can support us in any way - by fundraising, by spreading word of this, by simply letting us know that you support us in this effort then we welcome that support.

ME patients and their carers, when determined, are amongst the most resourceful around. The Let's Do It for ME campaign has energised ME research.

Donations made via the links below will go to the ring-fenced UK rituximab trial fund. As stated in our FAQs page we are confident that the trial will go ahead but realise that it is important to be transparent about what will happen to the donated funds in the unlikely event that the rituximab project does not proceed. In such a case, the funds raised will be transferred to the Invest in ME Biomedical Research Fund to fund other biomedical research into ME projects. This has been stated from the outset.  

Our research funding opportunities are described in this link.

Gift Aid
If you are a UK taxpayer, you can increase your donation by 25% if you Gift Aid your donation. For example, if you donate £10 it becomes £12.50; if you donate £100 it becomes £125.

The Rituximab Trial Fund can also be donated to via bank transfer/cheque/salary payment (below) as long as the Rituximab Trial Fund is specified – code BRF03RITUX





Here are ways to donate to the Invest in ME BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FUND - UK RITUXIMAB TRIAL.

One can also send cheques direct to Invest in ME using the details below.


1. Make a one-off donation via JustGiving

You can use your credit card or PayPal and there is an option to use Gift Aid.



2/  Make a one-off donation via credit card or Paypal

You can use your credit card or PayPal. If you are a UK tax payer then you can gift aid the donation - please contact us via email to state that you wish for the donation to be gift aided.


3 Make a monthly donation via credit card or PayPal

If you are a UK tax payer then you can gift aid the donation - please contact us via email to state that you wish for the donation to be gift aided.



For regular monthly donations - select option


4/ Here is the link for donations via JustTextGiving -


DONATE Via JustTextGiving

using your mobile phone

Text RTUX66 £2 / £5 / £10 to 70070 to donate now -

e.g. text the following to 70070

RTUX66 £5


5/ Send a cheque

Please make out your cheque to Invest in ME, say in the cover letter it's for the Rituximab trial and mail it to:

Invest in ME

PO Box 561


Hampshire SO50 0GQ



If you are a UK taxpayer, please complete our Gift Aid form and enclose it with the cheque.


6/ Via Bank Transfer

To make a direct bank to bank transfer of funds then this is the bank account for the IiME UK rituximab trial -

Bank Address 36 Market Street
Hampshire SO50 9YT
Lloyds Bank Sort code 30-92-94
Account Number 30061668
Account Name IiME Biomedical Research Fund RITUXIMAB
Bank’s account number (IBAN) GB63 Loyd 3092 9402 2526 85
BIC/SWIFT number

BIC:   LOYDGB21209                              

If you are a UK taxpayer, please complete our Gift Aid form and enclose it with the cheque.



Another method to help with fundraising idea is take a slot in The MATRIX - our unique fundraising scheme to raise funds for biomedical research. For details of The MATRIX for fundraising - click here.


Thank you for helping us make this happen!