Under-11s rugby team raise awareness

20th December 2016

We’ve teamed up with St Mary’s Old Boys under-11s rugby club in Bristol to help raise awareness of meningitis

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The team’s new training T-shirts will carry our logo and the legend ‘Proudly Supporting Meningitis Now’.

They’ve been sponsored by Stephen Gazard, our Vice Chairman, whose son Callum plays for the under 11s.

In February 2010 meningitis and septicaemia left Callum’s sister and Stephen’s 14-month-old daughter Ella in a coma and fighting for her life. Just hours earlier she had been running around at her toddler group. 

Fortunately, Ella made a good recovery from her traumatic ordeal and is now a bright and healthy child. But not every family is so fortunate.

Stephen, who is Managing Director, of the Sesame Bankhall Group, the UK’s largest distributor of retail financial advice, said: “I know at first hand the devastation this disease can cause. That’s why I’m so keen to take action to raise awareness to help beat it.

“Meningitis can strike anybody at any time, but knowing the signs and symptoms and seeking immediate medical help if you suspect it are an important first step in protecting yourself and your loved ones.“

Our collecting tins and signs and symptoms cards are now prominently featured around the ground when the club has a home fixture. 

Thanks for the support St Mary’s and good luck for the rest of the season.

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