This is not a scenic tour round the country see below) but an opportunity to meet as many of you, our supporters, as possible and hear your views.
We want you to help shape our future and tell us how we can have the greatest possible impact for the people and families who need us most.
Next year sees our 30th anniversary and we will be launching our new five year plan, Vision 2020. Many of you will have played a role in helping us develop our current plan, Vision 2016 (yes, that really was five years ago!) but it’s time now to update this. Please help us shape our future and let us have your feedback, thoughts and ideas so we can take our fight against meningitis to the next level.
I’m determined that we’re a charity that exists and succeeds because we make a real difference to people’s lives. We’re still a way from achieving our ultimate vision of a future where no-one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and all those affected get the support they need to rebuild their lives. But with your help, we’re determined to get there.
Anyway, I’m really looking forward to meeting and talking with as many of you as possible, so do please come along when I’m in your neck of the woods.
Speaking of films – I hope you’ve all now had a chance to watch our new awareness film – The Fastest Hour. If not, you can see it here. This hard-hitting film has been gathering some good reviews and we’re grateful to our partners in this project, Leo Burnett and Bare Films. Thanks to them we have a film which can be used extensively over the coming months and years to raise awareness and fight complacency.
The great and the good
And then it was off to Buckingham Palace for a reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen for Their Royal Highnesses, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and the charities they support. Some 360 people attended, including our community ambassador Bahman and Lesley Jamalaldini, our chairman Alastair Irvine and myself. The reception was in the Throne Room – the room that is used for investitures - and it was a very special evening.
We are really fortunate to have HRH The Countess of Wessex as our Royal Patron and it was lovely to see her recognised for her hard work with her charities by HM The Queen.
We are also fortunate to have your support and are grateful for everything you contribute to our work – thank you.
Sue Davie, Chief Executive