Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Remembering loved ones affected by meningitis this Christmas

Andy Hopkinson | 18th November 2020

We’ve launched our annual Ribbon Appeal for supporters to remember their loved ones at Christmas and donate to fight back against this devastating disease

Remembering loved ones this Christmas with Meningitis Now

This year of course will be a bit different – we can’t get together for our annual Christmas Concert in Gloucester Cathedral and display the ribbons and messages on our beautiful Christmas tree there. But some things will be the same. 

Although we can’t be together we can still remember the loved ones we've lost by writing their name on a white ribbon.

We’ll also be hosting a virtual Christmas Carol Concert, live on Facebook at 7pm on Tuesday 8 December. This will include a beautiful recording of the ribbons hanging on the tree at the centre of our Remembrance Garden at our Head Office in Stroud.

We can send you a photograph of your Ribbon in the tree, as well as one to hang on your tree at home.

Still here for you

One thing that remains the same is that we will still be here for you.

So, if you’d like to honour your loved one by writing their name on a white ribbon for display by us or to wear or hang on your own Christmas tree at home all you need to do is visit our Christmas Ribbon Appeal page.

Families impacted by meningitis but not bereaved are also invited to support the appeal.

All donations go towards our ongoing lifesaving and life-changing work, rebuilding futures by providing dedicated support to people living with the impact of the disease, as well as raising awareness so people know what to look for and what action to take if they suspect meningitis and funding research into vaccines and prevention.

Remember together

Tom Nutt, our Chief Executive, said: “We know that Christmas can be a difficult time and this year will be especially difficult for many. Although we can’t be together this year we can still remember together.

“Meningitis has no respect for this special time of year. Twenty-two families every day throughout the festive period will feel its impact, with some lives sadly being changed forever.

“Please support our Christmas Ribbon Appeal and help us to keep fighting this terrible disease and be there for families who need our support, at Christmastime and throughout the year.

“And please join us for our online concert – you’ll be very welcome, whether you have a meningitis experience or not.”

Dedicate a ribbon or donate here. The last date to dedicate your ribbon is Tuesday 1 December.

More details on the virtual Christmas Carol Concert here.