Posted by Laurie Hanniagan on 09 December 2011
Hello, I’m Laurie and I am your new MRF Helpline and Membership Officer.
I am delighted to be joining the Foundation and am really looking forward to supporting MRF members in their fantastic efforts in the fight against meningitis and septicaemia.
I recently completed a university degree and, as such, come into the role with all the giddy enthusiasm of someone very grateful not to be a youth unemployment statistic! My background is in psychology, which I studied at the University of Southampton. I currently live in Bath and my interests include film, music, cooking (and eating) and all sorts of outdoor activities and sports.
One aspect of the role I am particularly excited about is my involvement in the upcoming MRF Ambassadors Project, which we will begin piloting early in 2012. The aim of this project is to give the Foundation greater representation a regional level, allowing us to take more opportunities to spread awareness and fundraise in local communities. Ambassadors will be given special training, resources and ongoing personal support, allowing them to represent the Foundation in the areas where they live and work. As the role is new, we are hoping that our Ambassadors will help us to develop it, drawing on their personal experiences and knowledge of the issues to help us in identifying where and in what capacity they are needed. From there, my job is to give them the support to make it happen.
I am really keen to hear from you, whether you want to get involved in this project, in some other way or just tell me about your experiences and help me to better understand the issues surrounding meningitis and septicaemia and the work that we do.
In my short time at the Foundation so far, I have already seen how central the members are to all the work we do. I am proud to be your representative here in Head Office and am looking forward to getting out and meeting many of you soon.
Please feel free to email me
at any time, or call the helpline for a chat.
Helpline and Membership Officer