GWR boosts meningitis awareness amongst local passengers

30th June 2016

Regional rail provider, Great Western Railway will help to distribute Signs and Symptoms cards.

GWR Signs and Symptons card

Regional rail provider, Great Western Railway (GWR) will be helping to raise awareness of meningitis by including Signs and Symptoms cards with each new railcard issued at Gloucestershire stations.

Everyone from a 16 -25 years Railcard holder to those issued with a Senior Railcard will receive a small wallet-sized guide to identifying this life-threatening disease.

Meningitis affects people of all ages, with young children, teenagers and over 55s most at risk. Although most people have heard of meningitis, many wouldn’t recognise the early signs of the disease including a severe headache, vomiting, muscle pain and a fever with cold hands and feet. 

Someone with a Signs and Symptoms card, or who has downloaded the free Meningitis Now app, would know these symptoms and seek medical help immediately. Recognising these early symptoms can be the difference between life and death.

Vicky Cropper, Community & Events Manager at GWR said:

“Including Signs and Symptoms cards will raise awareness of the disease and the charity to thousands of our customers who travel on the Great Western Railway. We have been working with Meningitis Now, for a number of years now and we are very proud of what we have achieved together.”

To download the free Signs and Symptoms app click here, or to request Signs and Symptoms cards call our Freephone Helpline 0808 80 10 388 or order online.  These cards are small enough to fit in your wallet or purse.


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