Dad urges parents to get their children Boogie Fit this summer and help beat meningitis

Dad urges parents to get their children Boogie Fit this summer and help beat meningitis

16 July 2012

A dad from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, is calling for parents to team up with their children’s nursery or playgroup this summer to help raise awareness and money for national charity, Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) by organising a Boogie Fit Fundraising Event.

Boogie Fit with Pete and Marvin is a DVD featuring Cbeebies’ Boogie Pete of Boogie Beebies and MRF’s mascot, Marvin the friendly monster. The aim of the DVD is to get children moving with the help of 6 specially created catchy songs and simple dance routines and is designed to appeal especially to pre-school children. As well as being great fun, it also aims to raise awareness of meningitis and septicaemia in nurseries, pre-schools and playgroups, and amongst parents and carers of children in the age group most at risk of the disease.

Jonathan Hopper knows only too well how devastating the effects of meningitis can be on a family after his son, Benjamin contracted meningococcal b septicaemia at just 6 weeks old. He said “Fortunately my wife, Laura, was a senior nurse at the local hospital and her knowledge of the disease helped us to take action quickly. The next week was completely nail biting. We were very lucky as Benjamin has had no lasting effects and I strongly believe that this is credited to my wife’s speedy thinking and the fantastic care we received at our local NHS Hospital.

I’m supporting Boogie Fit because it’s a brilliant way to get children active as well as raising awareness of a disease that kills more UK children under the age of five than any other infectious disease. The work that MRF does in researching the disease could prevent other families going through what Laura, Benjamin and I did.”

Holding a Boogie Fit event promises to be fun-filled and is very simple to organise. Once you have a date scheduled and a venue sorted all that’s left is to ask your friends and family to sponsor your child to learn the songs and dances with the help of Pete and Marvin.

Genna Vizard, Community Fundraiser at MRF, said: “Boogie Fit promotes exercise and movement amongst children under six and encourages creativity and expression to music. By buying this DVD you'll not only be helping your kids to get fit in a fun and interactive way but you'll be supporting MRF in our fight against meningitis and septicaemia.”

Priced at just £8 (including p&p) the Boogie Fit Fundraising Pack includes the DVD, posters, stickers, balloons and meningitis symptom information – all you need to host your event. You can purchase the Boogie Fit pack by visiting

Photograph: Benjamin Hopper (left) and Jonathan Hopper (right)

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