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Hannah’s concert for Meningitis Research

Hannah’s concert for Meningitis Research

12 November 2013

An annual fundraising concert in memory of a 16-year-old student who died from meningitis is being held in Westbury on Trym.

Hannah Katie King died from meningococcal septicaemia; the blood poisoning form of the disease, in December 2007. Her aunt and uncle Jenny and David Pendleton from Clifton have organised the event for the past six years to remember her and to date have raised over £6,000 for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

A night of jazz music, food and dancing will take place at Westbury on Trym Village Hall from 7.30-11.00pm on November 23 in aid of MRF.

Hannah, who lived in Putney, London, was a healthy and happy young girl. She came home from school feeling unwell with a severe headache. In the early hours of the morning she was taken to hospital where her condition deteriorated rapidly; she collapsed, was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis and died later that day.

The couple rely on local businesses for raffle prizes and they fund the music and food themselves. Jenny, who lives in Clifton, Bristol, said: “We have been very generously donated 2 airline tickets to New York by Virgin Atlantic this year and hope we can raise even more money for Meningitis Research Foundation. We will do anything we can to help raise awareness of the disease and the need for vaccines to prevent other families having to go through what we went did when Hannah died.”

Tickets for the concert should be bought in advance and cost just £17.50 (£8 for under 14s) and includes dinner, live music and dancing. Drinks can be purchased from a fully licensed bar.

All proceeds from the concert will go directly to MRF.

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF said: “We are extremely grateful to Jenny and David for organising this concert in memory of their niece Hannah for the past six years. This concert is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Bristol to get involved and support our cause. We rely on voluntary donations so all money raised at this event will help us to continue to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. ”

For further information and to book your tickets please call Jenny on 0117 973 7858 or email:

For further information about Hannah and the fundraising events and activities taking place in her name please visit For more information on MRF, please visit




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