I hope that through public speaking I can raise more awareness of meningitis
When I was very young, I used to go and visit Mother and Father Christmas who had a grotto close to where I live, and were friends of my family. Unfortunately, their daughter, and eventually their granddaughter, contracted meningitis and septicaemia, but were lucky enough to survive, and still be healthy and happy now. Through them, I became more involved with Meningitis Now and learnt more about the pain and hardship this cruel disease has caused.
The more I learnt and witnessed, the more I started to realise that meningitis was a well-known and feared disease, however a lack of knowledge about it created misconceptions and even caused fatalities through the signs and symptoms not being recognised.
Eventually, I became an elf (my ears are now exceptionally large) and have helped to raise the awareness that we are finally gaining for meningitis. This year, I hope that through public speaking (particularly in my school and local primary schools), I can raise more awareness of meningitis and the work of Meningitis Now in Torbay.