We’ve exhibited at Chelsea with great aplomb, wooing thousands of visitors to give designer John Everiss and our garden the People’s Choice Award - high praise indeed.
We’ve also seen Steve Dayman, our founder, come out of ‘walking’ retirement and walk 344 miles over 17 days, visiting towns and cities spelling out the word meningitis. Steve raised over £50,000 on this epic walk and he is already planning his next in Northern Ireland in May!
In the absence of a vaccine to protect against all strains of meningitis and an immunisation programme to ensure that all at risk are vaccinated, awareness offers the best chance of preventing the worst outcomes of this disease. And what a year it has been in terms of national awareness for meningitis with media and social network coverage simply going through the roof. We owe much of this to the bravery of Jenny and Neil Burdett, who, having watched their daughter Faye die as a result of meningitis, decided to share their story with other parents across the land. This selfless act of courage will no doubt save lives and is a fitting legacy for their precious daughter Faye.
As we prepare to close the office and join our families for the festive period, our thoughts turn to the thousands of people who have supported us not only this year, but over the 30 years of our existence and this deserves our heartfelt thanks. We are also thinking about those we support, knowing that Christmas can be an emotional and challenging time.
Whilst our offices will be closed from Friday 23 December until Tuesday 3 January, our Helpline will be open throughout this period between 9am and 8pm daily on 0808 80 10 388. Our social network pages will also be covered during the Christmas break.
NB: Unfortunately we are experiencing issues with our telephone system, so you will be unable to leave a message. If you have concerns about meningitis or have any urgent questions please call the helpline.
We wish all of you all a peaceful and restful Christmas.