Volunteering news December 2019

4th January 2020

We wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a wonderful Near Year. Tom Nutt, our Chief Executive, has asked us to pass on this message to you

Meningitis Now volunteer newsletter December letterbox

"One of the real pleasures of working for Meningitis Now is spending time with our volunteers and our Ambassadors. I’m often moved, even left in awe, by the reports I hear of activities that you undertake for the charity and by stories of the circumstances that first led you to become a volunteer or Ambassador for Meningitis Now." 

"Throughout the year, I know that you’re busy – whether speaking at schools, universities or companies, assisting us at events, or helping us with our day-to-day work in the office or elsewhere. You’re always spreading awareness and helping to raise vital funds, and often the first to compliment the work of the charity (or to provide a critique when we get things wrong!). Either way, I can’t help but think that it’s a privilege to be part of a charity that counts so many amazing people amongst its volunteers and Ambassadors. As we approach the end of the year, I'd like to extend a personal and sincere thank you and hope you all have a happy and a peaceful Christmas season. The work you do for Meningitis Now is truly appreciated. See you in 2020!"

Volunteer round-up

  • London volunteer Ed Cook went back to Brunel University to run an awareness stand for us - his third time there helping at a student fair in just two months!
  • Young Ambassadors Louise Greer and Kiera Wheeler-Clayton were fantastic representatives for us, when they visited Frocester Cricket Club to accept a cheque for £1,000 on our behalf. 
  • Lesley Chandler-Clare, from Leeds, gave a talk to 120 Year 13 students at St Mary's, the school her husband taught at for 28 years before his death in January 2000. The Deputy Head said afterwards you could have heard a pin drop.
  • Barry Patrick was invited to go to Creative Gardens in Donaghadee, Co. Down in Northern Ireland to be presented with a donation cheque for £2,633.18 from their Halloween Fun Weekend. 
  • Two of our recent volunteers, Mandip Shergill from Hitchin and Bex Tolland from Glasgow, have been out and about in their communities, giving out our awareness raising materials.
A huge thank you to all of you for the effort you put in on our behalf and how well you represent us. Your contribution helps so much in the fight against meningitis. 

Thank you for your hours and feedback

An email went out last week with three questions about your volunteering hours and asking for your comments. Thank you so much to all of you who have fed back what you have been doing, it is really helpful. If you haven't seen the email, check your spam folder and if it is there, please mark it as not spam. If you can't see it, please let us know and we'll resend it.


A very warm welcome to our new volunteer Shannon Kelly from Lancashire. It's great to have you with us, Shannon!

Volunteering opportunities

University College London - The college are having another vaccination clinic on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 January and we need volunteers to talk to students.

Brunel University are having more student health fairs and we need volunteers to run a stand on Thursdays 16 and 30 January, and Thursdays 13 and 27 February. 

Young People and Student Awareness - Send us an email at volunteering@meningitisnow.org to order 'Check it, don't chance it' posters to put up in your local area.

  • Meningitis Now Remembrance Garden’s 10th anniversary

    Remembrance Garden's 10th anniversary

    100 guests recently joined us for the moving occasion, showcasing our garden as a warm, safe, sensitive and supportive space

  • Meningitis Now ambassador Seema Jaswal

    Seema backs young people campaign

    Sports presenter Seema Jaswal was just 16 when she contracted bacterial meningitis, which left her in a serious condition in hospital

  • Meningitis survivor Ellie Challis swimming in World Para Championships

    Swim star's top selection

    Meningitis survivor and Meningitis Now supporter Ellie Challis has been chosen to swim at the World Para Swimming Championships

  • Meningitis Now Celebrity Patron Joanna Trollope awarded CBE

    CBE for Joanna Trollope

    Congratulations to our Celebrity Patron, bestselling author Joanna Trollope, who has been made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List