Having a ball to celebrate recovery

29th May 2016

Meningitis survivor Nicole Wilson is guest of honour at a fundraising ball in July, which will raise funds for us

Ball Fundraiser Nicole

Nicole, now 24, from Ely in Cambridgeshire, was struck down by the devastating disease as a teenager whilst on holiday in Cyprus in 2008. It left her with a range of after-effects, including amputations of both legs below the knee and to her fingers, Renal failure then led to Nicole having a transplant in 2011 and partial blindness in one eye.

We supported Nicole and her family during and after her illness and all proceeds raised from the ball will help to fund our research and support people affected by the disease.

Ball organiser Lorraine Canham, said: “We wanted to do something big with lots of fun; a chance to dress up and show the community that Nicole is doing well.

Support from charity

“Without the support from charity Meningitis Now Nicole’s family would be in a different position, so we wanted to spread the news and fundraise in our local area.”

Nicole’s mother Bev and Lorraine will host The Meningitis Now Summer Charity Ball, which will take place at Slepe Hall, St Ives, Cambridgeshire on Saturday 16 July. Tickets cost £55. 

The evening kicks off with a drinks reception from 7pm, followed by a three-course meal including wine. Music is provided by covers band A Listers. During the event a charity raffle will be hosted as well as an auction with some very special prizes to be won.

Guest speaker will be our founder Steve Dayman. He said: “Nicole is an inspiration in the way she has remained a focused and positive young lady following the devastation of meningitis. 

“Through our financial support grants we’ve been pleased to provide her with a treadmill and a specially-adapted bicycle enabling her to work towards achieving her goals of dancing and doing gymnastics.”

Contact Lorraine or Bev if you’d like to join in the fun on the evening or donate auction or raffle prizes - Lorraine Canham, 07932 435 054 or lorrainecanham64@gmail.com or Bev Wilson, 07946 296691 or bwilson042@aol.com

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