Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Raising meningitis awareness in Fife school

Andy Hopkinson | 9th June 2022

A huge thank you to schoolgirls Amy, Neve, Emma and Ellie-Mae, who have been raising valuable meningitis awareness through their latest school project

Raising meningitis awareness in Fife school

The quartet, from St Andrew’s Roman Catholic School, in Kirkcaldy, Fife, in Scotland, prepared a presentation to their school about the disease and our work in fighting back against it.

There was a £3,000 prize on offer and the girls came within a whisker of winning it, getting through the first round of presentations and only losing out in the final to another team.

Did yourselves proud

They were supported throughout by our Community Support Officer in Scotland, Alison Yelland, who said: “Well done girls – you did yourselves and the charity proud. 

“I’m sure your fellow students will continue to thank you for the valuable and potentially lifesaving information you were able to share with them.”

Alison added: “I was really impressed with the way the girls researched the topic and  discussed their presentation with me, to make sure they got their facts right and the details about the local support we offer to people fighting back from meningitis in the Fife area and across Scotland.”

Recognise a social issue

Amy explained the challenge was to create a presentation to the school about a charity that helps recognise a social issue in the local community and across the Fife region. 

“In our case,” she added, “We chose to go with illness and specifically meningitis.

“My family are members of the Bowling Club in Markinch and we knew Michelle Whyte and her family, so we knew something of the impact meningitis can have on individuals, families and communities.”

Michelle sadly died from MenB in March 2018, aged 24, and a Forever Fund – a lasting way to remember someone special – has been set up in her memory.

Well done again girls and many thanks to you all for your support and raising such great awareness. We look forward to hearing about your next school project.

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