Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Ball to fight back against meningitis

Andy Hopkinson | 28th April 2022

One of our big-hearted supporters is organising a glamorous ball to help fight back against the devastating disease that took her brother’s girlfriend’s life

Ball to fight back against meningitis

Katy Tyler will be hosting the ball next Saturday (7 May) at The View in Welwyn Garden City.

It’s in memory of her brother’s girlfriend Sarah Robotham, who died from meningitis in 2013. 

Since then, Katy, supported by her family, has volunteered for us and organised a series of fundraising events, raising over £13,000. In total, over £30,000 has been raised in Sarah’s name.

Katy, from Welwyn, told us: “Before we lost Sarah I had no clue what meningitis was, nor the signs and symptoms to look out for. 

Importance of raising awareness

“Whilst raising funds for Meningitis Now is incredibly important to me, as they are a fantastic charity who support so many people, raising awareness is just as important.

“So, it's hugely important to ensure guests are made aware of the warning signs of the disease – each one will leave with a Meningitis Now signs and symptoms card in a goody bag, along with some additional information shared about meningitis throughout the evening.

“It’s vital that people are aware that meningitis can affect people of any age and that acting quickly saves lives and improves outcomes.” 

The 26-year-old marketing manager is hoping to raise £2,400 from the event. 

Tickets still available

Tickets priced at just £15 each are still available and can be bought by donating to the JustGiving page.

Each ticket includes a welcome drink and the evening of live music and a DJ begins at 7pm. A photographer will also be present to capture the event and the evening will include a raffle.

The ball has been kindly sponsored by OSD Healthcare, a private hospital in Hemel Hempstead, where Katy works, ensuring every single penny will come to us for our lifesaving and life-changing work.

“I’d really like to thank each and every person who has bought a ticket to the event – this truly wouldn't be possible without them,” Katy added.

“And my family for their support with every event, as well as my boyfriend, Rick for calming me down when things don't quite go to plan!”

Skydive and trek

This is the latest in a long line of fundraising events Katy has organised, including a skydive and a 100k trek.

She added: “I also organise stalls at freshers’ fairs and present talks at local schools.

“It’s important to try and change the perception of meningitis, as many still believe it is only babies who suffer.”

Katy is also a peer mentor for our Believe & Achieve programme for young people, so she can help support others facing a similar experience to herself.

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