Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

B&A Group move ever closer to £100,000 target for Meningitis Now

Andy Hopkinson | 7th November 2021

A huge thank you to our corporate supporters and good friends at Bristol & Avon, who move ever closer to the £100,000 target they’ve pledged to raise to support our lifesaving and life-changing work

B&A Group close to fundraising target for Meningitis Now

The latest instalment of £3,578, bringing their grand total to nearly £90,000, came courtesy of the Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition held in Bristol recently. 

B&A Group nominated us as the beneficiary and we were delighted to be selected as the charity for this annual event for professionals operating in all areas of the surveillance industry. 

The gala fundraising dinner featured a fundraising raffle and auction and B&A Group contributed a balloon flight at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta in their B&A/Meningitis Now branded balloon, to be flown by pilot Rob Clements.

Corporate support

And keeping our corporate support to the forefront, Sophie Allport and Irwin Mitchell both donated prizes for the evening’s fundraising.  

Bidding went on apace for the balloon flight, encouraged by Derek Maltby, Managing Director of Global MSC Security and a fellow balloon pilot. The hammer went down at £400, with the lucky winner being Mark Rees from 360 Vision Technology. Mark then very generously donated the flight back to Meningitis Now and another bid of £375 was submitted by Andrew Bottomley of Global MSC, raising a fantastic £775 in total.

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The event was attended by our Executive Founder Steve Dayman and his wife Gloria. Steve told the assembled guests about the work of Meningitis Now and the progress made over the last 39 years since the death of his son, Spencer, in 1982.

Proud of the work we do

“I am incredibly proud of the work we do, from funding vital research that we hope will one day lead to a universal vaccine to protect against all strains of meningitis, to raising awareness to supporting people living with the impact of meningitis,” he said. 

“We are most grateful to Global MSC security for their wonderful support and to the B&A Group for nominating Meningitis Now as the beneficiary of the Global MSC Security’s annual fundraising dinner. 

“In these difficult times for the charity sector donations such as this will help us to continue our vital work to prevent meningitis, raise awareness about the disease and support families affected. It really makes a difference and every donation helps us keep going until our fight against meningitis is won.”

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A moving short video, featuring our Celebrity Ambassador Lisa Snowdon and other supporters that was originally created for our BBC Lifeline Appeal earlier this year, was also shown. 

Never more important

Derek Maltby added: “Each year the surveillance industry proves its generosity and, with so many fundraising events cancelled and postponed due to coronavirus, it has never been more important to support our charities. 

“It was our privilege to support Meningitis Now as our chosen charity at this year’s security conference. Being local I have followed the news about Harmonie-Rose Allen for many years and her infectious, smiley face frequently pops up on the local TV news. I am amazed how her parents cope and this beautiful little girl takes these awful disabilities in her stride!  

“Steve and Gloria, the founders of Meningitis Now, have raised the profile of this disease through the hardship of losing their son many years ago.  

Made huge strides

“I am proud to be one of the pilots of the B&A Group Hot Air Balloon, which proudly carries the Meningitis Now logo for all to see. I know it is the ambition of B&A to reach a target of £100,000 and we were delighted to be able to give a little towards this.

“I hope the good work that Steve, Gloria and his team do, can be advanced, so that one day we may beat this terrible disease.”

Clare Berkely, of B&A Group, added: “We have made huge strides in our pledge to raise £100,000 for Meningitis Now. We are delighted that Global MSC Security came onboard to help us to achieve and hopefully exceed our target before the end of this year.”

Donations for the Bristol and Avon Group Meningitis Pledge can be made now by visiting

Images courtesy of Jon Craig Photography.