Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Invitation to Meningitis Now Family Day

Andy Hopkinson | 28th December 2022

We’re inviting families with an experience of meningitis to enjoy the fun at our free Family Day at ThinkTank Science Museum in Birmingham City Centre

Invitation to Meningitis Now Family Day

As well as the opportunity to explore the centre’s activities those coming along can also find out more about the support available from us. Refreshments and lunch are provided.

ThinkTank Science Museum is an award-winning museum for a fun-packed family day out. It includes a child-sized mini city, a planetarium and an interactive science garden. Visitors can also learn more about Birmingham’s industrial past.

ThinkTank is fully accessible for abilities and any dietary requirements will be catered for.

The Family Day takes place on Sunday 12 March and families from across the Midlands are invited. Registration for the all-day event, which runs from 10am to 3.30pm, aimed at children up to age 16 who have been affected by meningitis and their family, is now open.

Share your experience … and have fun

Dawn McNiff, our Community Support Officer in the Midlands, 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 the disease is like.”

Meningitis Now 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,” Dawn 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. 

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