“In the early part of last year I attended my local doctors’ surgery at Walderslade for an appointment. I got talking to the practice manager at this appointment about how the practice could promote awareness of meningitis and what the charity Meningitis Now does."
“She asked me to come back to meet the Patient Participation Group (PPG) a few weeks later. Of course I said I would."
Becoming a volunteer
“On attending the PPG meeting I was given the chance to speak and gave a short presentation to the group on what meningitis is, how I became involved as a volunteer and what kind of role I had done since becoming a volunteer. The presentation was well received and plans were put in place to put awareness cards in to the baby clinics and throughout the surgery."
“At this meeting was a lady called Iris whose husband had contracted meningitis in his early life. She was touched and very moved by me telling how my great niece Mia had contracted meningitis and sadly died as a result, and the impact this has had on her family and how we have been moved to raise awareness and funds for Meningitis Now ever since."
Push the sign and symptoms cards
“She took it upon herself to push the sign and symptoms cards across our wider community, into places like local primary schools, libraries, pharmacies, toddler groups and hospital A&E departments. At many of the local schools when taking sign and symptoms cards she would deliver a short talk about what meningitis is and its possible effects."
“Our photo shows Iris in the Walderslade Surgery alongside a banner paid for and supplied by our good friends and corporate supporter Irwin Mitchell."
“I feel this is a fantastic demonstration by Irwin Mitchell of its corporate responsibility by supporting the awareness of meningitis in the wider community. It all goes to show you don’t have to do much as a volunteer to make an impact - just care!”
Thanks Damion, Iris and Irwin Mitchell for all your fabulous hard work and support – we really appreciate everything you’re doing.
Read Mia's story.