Firstly, a thank you and welcome to Alison Yellend for becoming one of our Community Ambassadors for Scotland.
Alison has been a great support to our new Community Fundraiser, Amanda Harris, and we look forward to working alongside Alison.
“My daughter Fiona, then aged 15, contracted bacterial meningitis in October 2011. I dropped her at school at 8.30am and by lunchtime she was on a life support machine, fighting for her life. It was a very scary time but thanks to the quick thinking of the school, Fiona was treated quickly enough for her to make a complete recovery."
“The following year Fiona decided to fundraise for the cause and that was our first contact with the charity. We realised then how lucky we had been - there are many other stories with very different outcomes. I have been involved as a volunteer, helping at events and distributing symptom cards across Edinburgh. It is important to me to increase people’s awareness of the symptoms and to trust their instincts."
“It is a privilege to become a Community Ambassador for Meningitis Now and I look forward to promoting all the great work the charity does and to support my daughter who is now a young ambassador for the charity.”
A big thank you to Betty Fawcett, of Aberdeenshire, for making a donation of £20, from a recent xmas fair she helped to organise. Betty is an inspiration to us all, at 75 years old she is out there raising awareness and much-needed funds for us.
Music for Meningitis Now
Music for Meningitis Now was a great success, with a good turn out and a lot of very generous individuals and organisations donating some fantastic raffle prizes. The night raised an incredible £1,345. Congratulations to Isabell Heddle, the winner of Big Ted. A great night was had by all.
Solved book event
Well done to Erskine Stewart's Melville School for raising a fantastic £1,500 from their Solved book event. Thanks to Jenny Bennett for organising the event, along with her team of colleagues, students and Duncan Wright the school’s librarian, who was the driving force behind this event. Thanks also go to the four authors, Doug Johnston, Alex Gray, Christopher Brookmeyar and Sarah Sheridan, who kindly donated their time to chat to the audience about their writing, and for donating 10% from their book sales.
We can happily announce that there were 22 entries to the publishing competition. Indie Authors have worked their way through the entries and have shortlisted five potential winners. We are now waiting patiently to hear who the lucky winner will be. All will be revealed on the night of our Gala Ball. The winner will have their book published. Watch this space!