Great news - 40 MPs met 32 of our members at Meningitis Matters on Tuesday 11 December – making it our most successful ever event in Westminster.
Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham MP, the former Secretary of State for Health and Leader of the House of Commons, Andrew Lansley MP and the Government’s Chief Whip Sir George Young MP were among those meeting our members and hearing firsthand about meningitis and its impact on the lives of those affected.
Our sponsor for the day was Sir Tony Cunningham, who has personal experience of meningitis and he made sure all our members had a tour of Westminster as part of their day – some even sitting in the public gallery listening to debates about the economy and Northern Ireland.
The MPs were each given a copy of the Meningitis Matters briefing leaflet and updated on our Counting the Cost campaign. They were also encouraged to sign up to our pledge and support prevention through the introduction of vaccines, awareness by promoting the needs for vaccinations and support by ensuring that those already affected receive integrated and effective support.
Linda Roberts – Jonnie Peacock’s mum – spoke at the reception and had everyone in tears as she spoke with pride and raw emotion about her family’s journey from shell-shock at his amputation to pride and delight as he secured a Gold medal at the Paralympics. She also announced that Jonnie is joining the charity as a Patron – which is fantastic news. We will be formally announcing it to the media in a few days.
TV star and highly supportive Patron, Dr Hilary Jones also spoke together with Professor Nigel Klein, of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Among the other special guests at the reception were a number MPs, members from the House of Lords and a number of research and medical professionals.
It was an exhausting but very thrilling day. Many of the MPs and members have been busy sharing their thoughts and experience on Twitter and Facebook and we have numerous follow ups with MPs wanting to send letters and ask parliamentary questions.
If Meningitis Matters has inspired you to talk to your MP let us know. We can’t take you to Westminster but we can give you the background information you may need.Read our blog on the day
More than 30 members met their MPs, sharing their experiences and urging them to support the introduction of new vaccines as soon as they become available. This informative graphic is among the materials they gave to MPs. Click for refeences.