Meningitis Now staff member Helen Hillier

Young Ambassadors take on Westminster

Helen Hillier 19th November 2016

Ten Young Ambassadors headed to Westminster this week to meet MPs  

Parliamentary Reception 2016 - Fight for Now

Meningitis Now YAs hosted a Parliamentary Reception this week (16th November) to highlight the Men
ACWY Student Awareness Campaign with MPs. Taking place within the House of Commons, the event was attended by Meningitis Now staff, supporters, volunteers and of course Young Ambassadors including Sophie, Emma, Toby, Louis, Louise, Jemma, Charlotte, Olivia, Jacob and Summer.

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For many of the team it was their first visit to the Houses of Parliament and it was a chance to see behind the scenes in one of the most famous buildings in the world. Some of the Young Ambassadors who came along had spoken at previous events and felt confident talking about their experiences and why the campaign was so important.

Young Ambassador’s Charlotte Hannibal and Jemma Pressman spoke passionately about the need to raise awareness and their personal experience of a disease which has changed their lives.

Set up in the corner was a campaign pledge board, where willing MPs signed their names and agreed to help improve awareness of the Men ACWY vaccine in their area. In the end 46 MPs dropped by and signed their names to the campaign, agreeing to talk to GPs and universities and colleges within their constituencies.

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We'll be keeping in touch with them over the next few weeks & months and doing what we can do together to fight meningitis across the UK!

For more information on the signs and symptoms of meningitis click here or read more about the MenACWY vaccine and why you should get it.