Brodie Planning are a national planning, design and development consultancy, providing expert advice and guidance on Householder, Listed Building, Agricultural, Residential and Commercial schemes.
Brodie Planning became involved with Meningitis Now when their Office Manager Debbie Manning contacted the charity in 2014, after her son Tom was hospitalised with viral meningitis.
Tom was suffering with debilitating after-effects, and Meningitis Now offered a course of complementary therapy, free of charge. Debbie said, “Tom chose to have cranial osteopathy after reading a study on the benefits of it post meningitis - he found it extremely helpful.”
Debbie began volunteering for Meningitis Now and helped with administrative tasks in the charity’s Head Office in Stroud. She also ventured out of the office volunteering at the London Marathon, the Christmas Concert at Gloucester Cathedral, and numerous bucket collections.
Debbie has also given talks at the Gloucestershire Women’s Network and Denmark Road High School, raising awareness of meningitis and the work of the charity.
Director of BPA Wendy Hopkins has also been helping to raise awareness of meningitis by giving signs and symptoms cards to her youngest son’s nursery – an important task, as under 5s are at the highest risk of contracting the disease.
Talking of the partnership, Debbie said, “We are delighted to be collaborating with Meningitis Now in a corporate partnership, and we are looking forward to continuing to support the charity’s goal of raising awareness, saving lives and rebuilding futures.”
To kick-start the partnership Brodie Planning volunteered at the Cheltenham Races earlier this year, collecting money from excited race-goers. They were also in fine voice helping at the Meningitis Now cheering point at the London Marathon last week, and are planning a bucket collection at Cheltenham train station as part of this year’s May Mayhem.
The team have also kindly agreed to sponsor a case of wine and soft drinks for the Christmas Celebration Concert at Gloucester Cathedral this December.
Harry Gardner, Corporate Account Executive at Meningitis Now, said, “We are so excited that Brodie Planning have decided to make our partnership more formal. They have been supporting us for many years by volunteering at events, and Debbie has become a really valued member of the team at Meningitis Now.”
“We look forward to working more closely in the future – the help from Brodie Planning will enable us to continue making a positive difference to the lives of people who have been affected by meningitis – just like Debbie and her family.”