Volunteering news October 2019

27th October 2019

Our volunteers were busy last Sunday at the Pumpkin Parade in Huddersfield. Aimed at families, it attracted 300 participants

Meningitis Now volunteering newsletter October 2019

Treats on offer included stalls with a Halloween theme and storytelling. The day ended with the Parade, each family carrying a carved pumpkin around the park. 

Sarah Lockey, our Community Fundraiser for the North East, said, “We are forever grateful to all the volunteers who helped. This was our first Pumpkin Parade and we hope to roll this out at other venues in the UK next year, but we could not contemplate doing so without our amazing volunteers.”

Young people and student awareness campaign

It's been a very busy month for our volunteers at the peak of this campaign.  

Ed Cook ran a stand at Brunel Wellbeing Fair, while Cliff and Jeanette Bull were at Nottingham University for three days, giving out 4,000 signs and symptoms cards - even giving it an extra personal touch by making sure they put them in their wallets!

Ian Watkinson has been extra busy - he was at Huddersfield University, went to Sheffield Hallam at short notice, and was volunteering again with Lesley Chandler-Clare at Leeds Beckett.

Louise Greer was at a stand at Bath Uni, and was friendly and bubbly and really made a difference to getting the message out to students. 

Linda Wallace ran a stand at Barton Peveril College in Hampshire, where they had a Wellbeing Fair. Linda reported back to us, "We spoke to about 60 young adults and pressed home the need to check they have had the vaccine, the symptoms, the ordinariness and the need to look out for each other and to trust their instincts. To attract a crowd I took 50 cupcakes and then didn't let anyone get one without the full talk!"  

Myrian Panayi said she had a great time volunteering at a UCAS event in London to raise awareness. 

Staff from our corporate supporter Enable Law, Morgan Lister and Craig Ford, ran a stand at the Falmouth campus of Exeter University. Thank you so much for your support.

Thank you to all of you who have helped make our campaign to students and young people a success.

Five Valleys Walk

An enormous thank you to the many volunteers who supported walkers this year around the beautiful Stroud valleys. The weather was better than predicted and our volunteers' smiles and words of encouragement kept walkers going for that extra mile up yet another hill!

Volunteer round-up

    Thank you to all of you for your hard work this month. Everything you have done helps to raise awareness of meningitis and promote the work we do to save lives and rebuild futures. Here's what some of you have been up to. 

    New volunteers

    Welcome to our new volunteer, Joanne Adey from Durham.

    Volunteering opportunities 2019 - Can you help?

    Cheltenham Races Bucket Collection - We are looking for volunteers to hold a bucket collection and talk to the public at Cheltenham Station on Friday 15 November in the morning from 8am-noon, for an hour or more; let us know if you can help out. 

    Brunel University, Uxbridge awareness stand - We are looking for volunteers to run stands at the university's health awareness events on Thursday 7 November, Tuesday 19 November, Wednesday 4 December and Wednesday 18 December.

    Young People and Student Awareness - email us at volunteering@meningitisnow.org to order a pack of 'Check it, don't chance it' posters to put up in your local area as the new university year begins.

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      Remembrance Garden's 10th anniversary

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    • Meningitis Now ambassador Seema Jaswal

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    • Meningitis survivor Ellie Challis swimming in World Para Championships

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    • 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