Help us beat meningitis and septicaemia
29 December 2011
MRF funds research to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, improve survival rates and outcomes, the charity also promotes education and awareness to reduce death and disability, and give support to people affected.
Bacterial meningitis affects around 3,400 people across the UK each year. It is easily misdiagnosed, can kill within 24 hours of onset and may cause serious, life-long disabilities. As many as one in ten of those affected will die and a quarter of survivors will be left with after-effects some as serious as brain damage, amputations, blindness and hearing loss. Babies in the first year of life are most vulnerable, with it killing more UK children under the age of five than any other infectious disease.
The cost of funding research projects and supporting people affected by meningitis and septicaemia is £2.4 million a year so MRF are appealing to the public to join them in the fight against meningitis and septicaemia in 2012.
The public can support the charity in a number of ways:
- Places are available in the following races: Bath Half Marathon (11 March), Reading Half Marathon (1 April), Brighton Marathon (15 April), Great Manchester Run (20 May) and Great North Run (16 Sept so sign up, get fit and raise funds at the same time;
- Place a collection tin in your local shop or pub or ask the council if you can arrange a day to collect;
- Recycle old phones and ink cartridges – just ask for envelopes and pop them in the post;
- Make a donation to mark the anniversary or birthday of a loved one or make a one-off donation to help one of our ground breaking research projects;
- Ask your local Scouts, Rotary Club or Football team or even your place of work to make MRF their charity of the year and raise funds.
Chris Head, CEO of MRF said: “Whichever way you choose to support MRF, your donation will make a huge difference to the work we do. We rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia, so make your New Year’s Resolution to join the fight against these terrible diseases which change lives forever. “