Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Bags of joy - Caroline Gardner bag sales supporting Meningitis Now

Andy Hopkinson | 13th August 2019

Shoppers are able to get their hands on a brand-new Caroline Gardner-designed shopping bag – and every one sold will help support our lifesaving and life-changing work

Caroline Gardner bags for Meningitis Now

Many of you will remember last year when supermarket chain Waitrose joined forces with Caroline Gardner – the top stationery and gift designer and one of our favourite corporate supporters – and manufacturer Juxtepo to design, produce and sell the colourful and environmentally-friendly jute and cotton bags.

Well, they proved so popular that now they’re back again, with a brand new but equally eye-catching design.

Keep your eyes peeled for them in selected Waitrose stores, where 50,000 are now available. Snap yours up whilst stocks last. 

Support our work

The bags cost £5 each, with 50p of that coming directly to support our work.

Waitrose is also offering a folding paper bag at £4 each, with 40p of this earmarked for our ongoing work. 

Beth Bottrill, our Director of Fundraising, said, “We’re delighted that these bags are making an appearance again this year and are really grateful to Caroline Gardner, Waitrose and Juxtepo for supporting us in this way – it’ll make a huge difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it."

Valuable disease awareness

“Please buy a bag, or two, and help us raise the vital funds we need to fight back against this disease – there couldn’t be an easier way to show your support for us and you’ll be helping to cut back on plastic bag use as well as raising valuable disease awareness.”

Caroline Gardner has been a strong supporter of our work for some 16 years now. Founders Caroline and Angus chose us following a personal experience with the disease, when their 18-month-old son Sebastian contracted meningococcal septicaemia. Fortunately he recovered well. You can read more on Sebastian’s story here.

Since then, the company has supported us through the sale of their Christmas cards and other initiatives, raising nearly £200,000 in the process.

Caroline Gardner added, “We are so pleased to have been able to bring these new bags to the market and continue our support for Meningitis Now in this way. I hope they will prove even more popular than last year’s.”

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