Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Join Meningitis Now for a Wheel-y good time at Scotland Family Day

Andy Hopkinson | 22nd March 2022

We’re inviting families with an experience of meningitis to enjoy the fun at our free Family Day, canalside at The Falkirk Wheel in Scotland

Meningitis Now Family Day at the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland

The day includes a 360 degree trip on the world’s only rotating boat lift, rising 35 metres to link the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, and offering spectacular views across the Heart of Scotland.

As well as the opportunity to explore the centre’s activities those coming along can also join a private boat trip and take part in other family fun entertainment throughout the day. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the support available from us. 

The Falkirk Wheel Visitors Centre is fully accessible and any dietary needs will be catered for. Refreshments and lunch are provided.

The Family Day takes place on Saturday 7 May and families from across Scotland are invited. Registration for the all-day event, aimed at children up to age 18 who have been affected by meningitis and their family, is now open here.

Share your experience… and have fun

Alison Yelland, our Community Support Officer in Scotland, said: “Our Family Days are a great way for those affected by this devastating disease to join together, share their experiences and most importantly, have fun. 

“Whether a child in your family has had meningitis or you as a parent or carer have been affected, we would like to invite you to join us and other families to relax and talk with people who understand what the impact of this disease is like.”

Meningitis Now's free Family Days, supported by Children in Need, are held in different locations up and down the UK to allow as many families as possible to attend.

They are designed to provide parents, guardians or grandparents with the opportunity to meet other local families who have been affected by meningitis and find out more about the support available to them through Meningitis Now. 

Those attending can join in the activities with the children or spend time chatting informally with other parents and Meningitis Now staff

“We know that the impact of meningitis reaches much further than the individual concerned,” Alison added. “It can have a huge effect on all those closest to them, especially family and friends. 

Bringing together families

“Meningitis changes lives and futures, which is why bringing together families with similar experiences of the disease is so important.

“Having a fun day with your family may seem a small thing, but when your family has lived through the trauma of meningitis together, it means so much.” 

Places on the Family Day are limited and registration will be operated on a first come first served basis. Meningitis Now will operate a waiting list if the event is oversubscribed. 

To find out more about the day and register visit our Family Days page.

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