Volunteering news May 2018

28th May 2018

As we start the build up for a busy few months of events, our volunteers around the country have been throwing themselves into a whole host of awareness-raising and support opportunities

Volunteer newsletter

This is a busy time for marathons and challenge events, with the London Marathon taking place on 22 April and, more recently, the Milton Keynes Marathon. Our team for the Three Peaks Challenge is training hard ready for June; massive thanks to Community Ambassador Val Stephenson for helping out in an unusual way. She was literally steaming her support by ironing the letters of our climbers' names onto their shirts!

Thank you to all of you who helped out at the London Marathon: Alethea, Alison, Amie, Beth, Charlotte, Debbie, Emma, Jane, Liz, Mary, Mathew, Nick, Shuvra, Steve, Theo and Vanessa. We couldn't have done it without you.

Volunteer awareness

  • On this year's sizzling May Day Bank Holiday, we were supported by Young Ambassador Callum Jones and his mum Cerys running an awareness stand and bucket collection at the Milton Keynes Marathon with our very own Kat Hollywell from Head Office.
  • Shannon McCarthy enjoyed her visit when she went back to school to spread the word at Pencoed Comprehensive School.
  • Community Ambassador Jonathan Davies spoke at a fundraising event organised by Chelmsford Rugby Club, where they raised nearly £2,000 as well as great awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningitis, and all this while having an evening full of games and fun.
  • Young Ambassador Jemma Pressman visited Peter Symonds College, where she held an awareness stand and chatted with students. We would love to hear from any of you who do awareness stands about what you find works best to bring people over to chat to you - please email us with your thoughts.
  • Community Ambassador Angela Cloke spoke to Cawston Community Hall Bridge Club, who have chosen us as their charity of the year.
  • Community Ambassador Ian Watkinson represented us at two charity awareness 'lunch and learns', held by Lloyds Banking Group. Not content with this double duty, he went along to Calderdale College for the day, where over 80 students and staff took part in a charity abseil. Head on over to see the pictures on our Facebook page and answer our question! Calderdale are now lined up for a major awareness-raising drive during Freshers' Week.

Volunteer roundup

  • Community Ambassador Lesley Chandler Clare has shared her moving meningitis story on a blog, which you can read here.
  • GWR May Mayhem volunteers helped to raise awareness and funds along the line between Paddington and Cheltenham. At Kemble Station, Deidre from Off the Rails Cafe supported us with coffee for volunteers and a report to BBC Gloucestershire.
  • Volunteers Russ and Kerry Fisher had a very enjoyable day at the Ey Up Mi Duck Festival 2018. The weather was glorious and the children enjoyed the fresh air.  They are looking forward to the Elvis night on 1 June.
  • Welcome to our new volunteer, Lakhvir Dhillon!

2018 - looking ahead

Keep up to date with current opportunities at any time by looking at our Facebook group and the Opportunities board. Please keep sending in your volunteering pictures and stories too as we love to hear what you get up to when helping out and you can inspire others too! Perhaps we can feature you in our next issue of Meningitis Matters...?

It’s our busy season for events through the summer and we appreciate any time you can give us to help out.

Last call for:

  • London 10k on Bank Holiday - Monday 28 May - Helping and cheering on our runners
  • Sainsbury's at Emerson's Green Bristol - 31 May-2 June - They are supporting us as their store charity of the year and are planning a fundraising weekend. Can you help with a bucket collection and awareness stand on one of these days or perhaps you have your own fundraising and awareness idea?

Other current opportunities include:

  • Portsmouth Philharmonic Concert - Saturday 16 June - Would you like to go along to what promises to be a super concert and help out our supporter who has organised this in aid of Meningitis Now? The concert begins at 7.30pm so we need people to help out from around 7pm. There are all sorts of typical front-of-house roles to help out with, as well as getting the chance to enjoy the concert.
  • Cider Circuit 2018 - Saturday 23 June - Originally organised last year for the first time by our Young Ambassador Sophie Coglan, the second Cider Circuit will take place at Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club. We are looking for volunteers to run an awareness stand and help out generally from 11am-2pm. The Cider Circuit is a 5K relay involving various obstacles and challenges, including a hay bale climbing stack, an ice water pool and a slip and slide; a great day to get involved in.

Ongoing opportunities:

  • Teenage Carriage Study - See our Volunteering News for April for more info. The study will be recruiting over 18 months from April 2018, and we are still keen to hear from more volunteers who would be interested in helping promote the campaign in schools.

If you have time to lend a hand, please give us a ring on 01453 768 000 or send us an email at volunteering@meningitisnow.org and get involved.