Take Part in Our Wake Up to Lyme Campaign 2024!

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and every year, Lyme Disease UK runs a national Wake Up To Lyme campaign! 

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection, usually caused by the bite of an infected tick. Our campaign aims to raise awareness of how to prevent tick bites, how to safely remove ticks, and the importance of early treatment for people who become unwell, following a bite. 

*Healthcare professionals – please visit our clinicians hub and resources for pharmacy teams page for more information.

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Ticks can be found in every county across the UK and can be as small as poppy seeds, so can easily be missed. If you spend a lot of time outdoors or you own a pet, you may be at higher risk of being bitten.

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Raising awareness of Lyme disease is of the utmost importance, as a late diagnosis or misdiagnosis can lead to serious long-term health problems, including neurological and cardiac issues.

Whether you’re a member of the public, an outdoor organisation, or a Lyme disease patient, there are many ways you can help to raise awareness this May. 

1. Update your profile picture and join in on social media!

We would love for you to help us create a real buzz online throughout May!  Whether it’s by sharing our posts or creating great Instagram stories, we know social media is an amazing tool for raising awareness far and wide.

For added impact please also add our Wake Up To Lyme logo to your online profile photos. It’s such a quick and easy way to help publicise our campaign!

2. Share our awareness materials

Our awareness posters, leaflets, and tick cards can be downloaded and shared via email, social media, or newsletter. They can also be printed off at home. There will be a limited number of hard copies of awareness packs available during the month of May. 

If you are planning an awareness or fundraising event and need hard copies of posters, leaflets or tick cards complete this form and we will post out to you for free!

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3. Take part in Light Up For Lyme

Every May, buildings and landmarks recognise Lyme Disease Awareness Month by lighting up in green.

Light-ups are organised by our supporters up and down the UK, and some really memorable landmarks have taken part in the past!

If you’re looking to contact your favourite landmark, we’ve put together an email template for you to use. Or, perhaps you’re an organisation looking to show your support by lighting up your premises! Learn more about Light Up For Lyme and which landmarks are lighting up.

4. Take part in our campaign for schools

We would be thrilled if schools could take part in our Wake Up To Lyme campaign this May! 

Tick awareness activities can be incorporated into lesson planning, or why not join in our poster design competition?

If you’re a parent of a school-aged child, you can also help! We would be grateful if you could share the link to our campaign with your child’s school and encourage them to take part.

Our schools page contains all of the information you need to get involved!

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5. Share your patient story with the press or media

If you’re a Lyme disease patient and want to help raise awareness, one of the most powerful ways we can do this is by sharing our stories with the press and media. Together, we could reach millions with our vital messages.

Send over your story to our Press and Community Outreach Manager, Julia Knight using this form. We can help you with editing, including facts and providing images of ticks and tick tools.

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6. Take part in #TickWatch

Spotted a tick? Turn your tick sighting into a positive thing by helping to raise awareness! Please send us an email with a photo of the tick and your location, and we’ll share it on our social media channels for our #TickWatch feature.

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7. Write to your GP, pharmacist, or other health professionals

Please write to your GP, pharmacist, or other health professionals and ask them to take the RCGP e-learning course on Lyme disease. You could also ask if they’d be open to displaying our awareness materials

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8. Host your own fundraising and awareness event

Hosting a fundraising and awareness event this May is a fun way to take part in our Wake Up To Lyme campaign! 

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are many other ideas listed on our fundraising page.

We can also send you a complimentary selfie frame, running vest, and fundraising bucket to make your day really special!

Thank you

Thank you so much for reading how to take part in our Wake Up To Lyme campaign this May! We hope you’ve stumbled across an idea that’s sparked your interest and together, we can help to spread awareness and prevent future cases of Lyme disease. 

Last year, you helped us to reach around a million people with our awareness information! What say we double that number this year?!

We are really grateful for your support and a special thanks goes to our campaign partners, Team Seasoar and Tick Twister®With their support, this year’s campaign promises to be our biggest and best yet! Our campaign simply wouldn’t be possible without them and all of your kind donations. Every penny truly makes a difference.

Further donations can be made here, and if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.

 

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