YA is Salford’s ‘Young Rising Star’ 2015

9th December 2015

Congratulations to Rosie Heaton, who won the ‘Young Rising Star’ award last month at the Salix Stars Awards in Salford

Rosie Heaton Rising Star
Rosie was faced with stiff competition but the amazing work she’s done for us at Meningitis Now saw her scoop the prize.

The award, which recognises people who have volunteered their time to make a difference to other people’s lives and the environment, celebrates the amazing work being done by people in the local community. 

Rosie’s nomination

Rosie won the award after battling meningitis. She was was struck down with the disease when she was just seven years old, and despite overcoming the illness, she developed chronic kidney disease and ME. As a result, she spent most of her teenage years in and out of a wheelchair and was forced to miss five years of mainstream school.

"I try not to let my ME hold me back, because it’s just something that’s there and you have got to move on with your life. It has been difficult at times because I was in a wheelchair for a long time, but that’s just life"

Rosie Heaton

Despite her condition, Rosie has campaigned alongside us for the introduction of the Men B vaccine free for all babies. After two years of campaigning we saw the vaccine introduced into the childhood immunisation programme in September.

“I’m pretty proud...because I wanted to make a difference and lots of lives are going to be saved.”

Rosie Heaton

As well as all her hard work campaigning and spreading awareness, Rosie has raised over £6,000 for us by organising a series of local fundraising events.

Well done Rosie!

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