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£41,410 donation to MRF

£41,410 donation to MRF

08 January 2013

Meningitis Merseyside Support Group recently wound up their group after 25 years of fundraising, raising awareness and providing family support in Merseyside.

Since the Group began, they have raised an amazing £357,380 and have generously donated the final £41,410 to Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) at their last ever meeting in November .

Olga Wilde, Chairman of Meningitis Merseyside said: “ We wish to thank the very generous people of Merseyside who have helped us raise so much money in the past 25 years. We wanted to donate the remainder of the money we have raised to MRF as this will specifically go towards their unique Meningococcal Genome Library. The Genome Library will help scientists throughout the world to develop and test vaccines for meningococcal infections especially Meningitis B so this project will be a lasting memorial to many of their loved ones. We do hope people who have supported us in the past will continue to support this new project by donating to Meningitis Research Foundation.

Accepting the donation on behalf of MRF, Linda Glennie, Head of Research and Medical Information said: “The Meningitis Research Foundation Meningococcal Genome Library is a world first – a truly ground-breaking resource - which will provide the complete genetic blueprint of every meningococcus that was isolated as a cause of meningitis or septicaemia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2010/11. Thanks to this generous donation from Meningitis Merseyside to this project we have been able to extend the library to include all meningococcal cases from 2011/12. Nothing on this scale has ever been attempted for meningitis, or for any other human disease. The Library is free of charge and open to all researchers, anywhere in the word and is invaluable for evaluating and implementing new vaccines - which will ultimately save millions of lives across the globe.”

Photo caption left to right: Olga Wilde, Chairman of Meningitis Merseyside Support Group, Dr.A Thomson - Paediatric Consultant, Linda Glennie - Meningitis Research Foundation Head of Research and Medical Information.

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