Volunteers have helped us with several cheques presentations, which involves picking up a cheque from people who have fundraised for us and giving a short talk on our work and the how their money will be spent on supporting people affected by the disease.
Several volunteers helped us to hand out signs and symptoms cards at the Odeon, Leicester Square, at the premier of our FastestHour advert which was shown during the premier of Fifty Shades of Grey – over 2,000 were handed out.
Our head office volunteers have been helping with sending out letters, packing up orders of information literature and counting money that has come in from collection buckets. Virtual volunteers have been researching contact details of clubs and associations across the country for our community teams to contact, to gain their support or deliver awareness talks.
Our Community Ambassadors have been busy as well, giving awareness talks, sharing their story with the media, doing radio interviews, and writing to their MPs to urge them to get the meningitis B vaccine into the childhood immunisation programme. You too can help us by writing to your local MP to urge them to put pressure on the Government to agree a price. You can find the details of your local MP here.
We now have over 360 volunteers across the country who help us with raising awareness and raising funds, enabling us to fund research into vaccines and prevention and rebuilding futures with our dedicated support, but we need more to enable us to get the message about meningitis out to the whole of the UK. Our volunteer roles don’t take a lot of commitment or time. Most roles will take a few hours every 3-4 months but the impact that they have is enormous. If just one person knows the signs and symptoms and gets their child or themselves to hospital fast, then your time and commitment was worth it.
We have some exciting roles coming up; we need volunteers to help man our awareness stands and give out literature to passers-by in Surrey, London, Aberdeen and Warwick. We also have supermarket and street collections coming up in March in York, Birmingham and Cheltenham.
For more information on these roles please go to our Volunteer Opportunities Board. If a role takes your fancy then click on the short form to register your interest. Alternatively you can contact us at via email
Volunteer ‘Role of the Month’
Our volunteer ‘Role of the Month’ for March actually takes place in April - we need lots of lovely volunteers to come along and help cheer our runners on in the London Marathon, which is on Sunday 26 April. If you want a fun-packed day with a wonderful atmosphere, then come along with your friends and family to cheer on the people taking part and raising funds for Meningitis Now. We will supply you with a Meningitis Now T-shirt and some bangers to makes lots of noise and provide you with lunch. Register your interest now.