Our friends at Meningitis Now are entering their 30th year. Having founded the meningitis movement all those decades ago, they remain the only charity dedicated to fighting meningitis in the UK, and are doing so on all fronts – by raising awareness of its devastating effects and providing a voice for those affected, by funding vaccines and research into preventing the disease, and by working to rebuild the futures of meningitis sufferers. Their goal is a future where no one in the UK loses their lives to meningitis, and everyone affected gets the support they need to put their lives back on track.
In the last 30 years, Meningitis Now have helped over one million individuals and their families rebuild their lives after contracting the disease. This year, they’re celebrating this amazing achievement while continuing to spread awareness with a host of exciting events and activities to mark the anniversary and hopefully raise an additional £2 million in funds. You can visit Meningitis Now’s website to learn more about these events, which include a garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May that will tell the stories of four inspiring young people the charity has supported.
The core of the celebration is a new photo-wall, hosted on the Meningitis Now website, which gives people affected by meningitis the chance to share their experiences with the disease. The photo-wall is now open for anyone affected by meningitis to share their stories, to talk about what the charity has meant to them, or to publicly thank any ‘heroes’ that have helped them through difficult times.
Visit www.MeningitisNow.org to contribute your story, or to read some of the stories already posted by others affected by meningitis.