Joining forces at Bristol Uni

4th November 2018

Volunteers from Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and the United Bristol Hospitals Rugby Football Club joined Meningitis Now to help raise awareness of the symptoms of meningitis at Bristol University

Irwin Mitchell unite with rugby club

Law firm Irwin Mitchell, which is the 20th largest in the UK and among the top 50 in Europe, sponsors the rugby club and have been working in collaboration with them on various initiatives over the year, including supporting this campaign. 

Also helping out was Meningitis Now Young Ambassador Sophie Coghlan, who spent two weeks in intensive care at Bristol Children’s Hospital as a preteen after contracting pneumococcal meningitis, and our Corporate Fundraiser Harry Gardner.

Harry said the event had been a great success, with all the awareness materials being distributed to the students.

“We’re so grateful to Irwin Mitchell for sponsoring this important event and turning up to help us on the day,” he said.

“Students are one of the most at-risk groups of contracting meningitis in the country so anything we can do to remind them to learn the signs and symptoms of the disease is helpful.”

Eleri Davies, expert medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office, said, “Through our work we sadly see first-hand the devastating consequences families can be left to face because of delays in diagnosing meningitis."

“Early detection is key to beating the disease, so it is vitally important people are aware of the symptoms."

“We are proud to support Meningitis Now’s campaign and urge students across the country to make sure they equip themselves with the knowledge to recognise the early symptoms of meningitis and help save lives.”

The early signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia can be similar to ‘flu, tummy bug or a hangover and include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, stomach cramps and fever with cold hands and feet. More specific signs and symptoms include fever with cold hands and feet, drowsiness, confusion, pale blotchy skin, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights and a rash which doesn’t fade under pressure.

Public Health England reports that there were 747 cases of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in England last year, with 18 per cent of cases occurring in young adults aged 15 to 24. Of those who contract bacterial meningitis one in ten will die and one in three survivors will be left with life-changing after-effects.

Meningitis Now offers a free information pack for parents and students, including leaflets, signs and symptoms cards, fridge magnets and year planners – all of which contain lifesaving information. These are available free of charge from www.meningitisnow.org/unis.