Thanks to BBC Children in Need thousands of young lives have been changed by the generous support of fundraisers across the UK.
This year’s live appeal kicks off at 7.30pm today (Friday) on BBC 1, so why not tune in and support it if you can?
Why are we such big fans? Well, since 1999 BBC Children in Need has been a much-valued and appreciated supporter of our work, providing over £300,000 towards our ongoing projects with children and young people affected by meningitis.
And earlier this month they renewed this support by awarding £105,205 to fund six of our Family Days and two Believe and Achieve weekends each year in the UK over the next three years. Our Trusts and Grants Manager Sarah Ramsay said: “Our Family Days and Believe and Achieve Weekends are a great way for those affected by this devastating disease to join together, share their experiences and most importantly, have fun.“
“We know that the impact of meningitis reaches much further than the individual concerned. It can have a huge effect on all those closest to them, especially family and friends. Meningitis changes lives and futures, which is why bringing together families with similar experiences of the disease is so important.”
It means so much
“Having a fun time with your family may seem a small thing, but when your family has lived through the trauma of meningitis together, it means so much.”
Without BBC Children in Need’s continued support we’d struggle to run these popular and successful Family Days and Believe and Achieve Weekends.
Those taking part really enjoy the experience too. Here’s some of the recent feedback we’ve had:
“Thank you so much for a fantastic weekend. It was lovely to see my daughter have fun and achieve something she thought she couldn’t do. We really enjoyed meeting so many other families; it makes you feel like you are not alone.”
“Great fun, the whole family enjoyed it.”
“We’re looking forward to keeping in touch with the other families.”
Sarah added: “We feel extremely proud to have BBC Children in Need on board as a long-term supporter of our work.”