Over 130 people were on hand to see our north west regional Community Ambassador Anne Cadden receive the giant cheque from Julie Salmon and her husband Rich. It will go towards our ongoing research, awareness and support work.
The quiz was the latest event in a campaign by the Christopher Salmon Foundation to strike back against the killer disease that robbed Chris of his young life, aged just 15, in February 2009.
It raised a magnificent £851 on the night, which will go towards funding an annual poetry competition run in Chris’s memory, in conjunction with Wirral Libraries.
“We set ourselves a challenge to raise £21,000 between September 2012 and April 2014, which would have been Chris’s 21st birthday."
“Thanks to the kind and generous support of our friends we managed to achieve this target on Chris’s actual birthday.”
Julie Salmon, Chris’s mum
Julie runs the foundation with her husband Rich and Chris’s older brother Jonny.
“This has enabled us to make substantial donations to Meningitis Now and the UK Sepsis Trust, as both conduct research into the condition that affected Christopher.”
Despite reaching its original target the Foundation’s fundraising continues. It also supports local educational projects and has purchased additional Christmas lights for Greasby Village in Chris’s memory.
“We felt that this was a fitting tribute to him as he not only loved Christmas but he lit up our lives. Now he can light up everyone else’s lives over the festive season.”
“We’re really grateful to Julie and everyone connected with the Christopher Salmon Foundation for their fabulous support and we wish them well for all the other events and activities they have planned this year."
“Support like this makes a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.”
Anne lost her daughter Helen to meningitis aged 18 in January 2001.