With no government funding, we rely on the generous support of individuals and organisations across the UK to help us in our fight back against this devastating disease. Long-term supporter Julian Dobson tells us about his and his family’s support.
Mary, Charlie and Julian Dobson have been ardent supporters of Steve Dayman and his fight to eradicate meningitis since 1983.
Over the years, grants of some £750,000 have been provided by The Starfish Trust (the Dobson family charity) to the meningitis cause, including a major grant to set up The Spencer Dayman Meningitis Research Laboratory at the University of Bristol.
Julian Dobson, a trustee of The Starfish Trust, is also a director of Voodoo DesignWorks Ltd, a graphics supplies company, and through this Voodoo/Starfish connection Voodoo DesignWorks has designed and supplied vehicle and other printed graphic imagery to the charity free of charge.
They were behind the graphics on the vehicles accompanying Steve on his latest walks from Morpeth to Stonehouse to help celebrate our 30th anniversary and also his later walk around the coast of Northern Ireland.
Making a difference
To date The Starfish Trust has gifted some £6.5 million to help disabled persons to realise their potential and to have a better quality of life.
There’s a lovely story on their website, which says, "As an old man walked the beach at dawn, he noticed a young girl picking up starfish and putting them into the sea. He asked her why she was doing this. Her answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun."
""But the beach goes on for miles and there are thousands of starfish," countered the old man. "How can your effort make any difference?" The young girl looked at the starfish in her hand and placed it safely into the waves. "It makes a difference to this one," she said."
Our founder Steve Dayman, said, "We’re so grateful to Charlie, Mary and Julian for their wonderful support over so many years. It’s impossible to overestimate the impact they have had on our research and awareness work and the fight to beat meningitis."
“Their ongoing dedication to our cause makes such a difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it, and I’m truly grateful to them for their support.”