To kick-start their project the enthusiastic youngsters visited Meningitis Now Head Office in Stroud, to learn all about the charity.
The visit was organised by Liz Townley, Assistant Section Leader and Meningitis Now volunteer, and took place on World Meningitis Day. Liz said, “As a volunteer for Meningitis Now I know how important it is to raise awareness of the disease, so I was thrilled when two of our patrols chose the local charity for their project.”
The troop were shown around the office and told all about the charity’s history by co-founder Jane Wells, while CEO Dr Tom Nutt shared a week in the life of the charity with them.
A visit outside to the memorial garden, which holds over 120 wooden pegs with the names of people who have sadly lost their lives to meningitis, took place, even though the great British weather threatened to spoil it.
As part of their badge the Scouts will be fundraising for Meningitis Now, with plans to hold a coffee morning in Nailsworth, and a stall at Rodborough Fete, where they will be raising awareness by handing out signs and symptoms cards.
Their final fundraising effort will see the Scouts taking part in this year’s Five Valleys Walk – a scenic 21-mile trek through the five valleys of Stroud.
Dr Tom Nutt said, “I thoroughly enjoyed talking to the Scouts about the work of Meningitis Now and it was a pleasure to host them at our head office, especially on World Meningitis Day.”
“Young people are at an increased risk of contracting meningitis, so having the Scouts involved in our work is a great way to get vital disease information to this hard to reach group.”
“We look forward to working with the Scouts over the coming months.”