Local meningitis ambassador's spring craft fair

Local meningitis ambassador's spring craft fair

25 March 2014

Thornbury Meningitis Ambassador Christine Carter will be holding her Spring Craft Fair at the Swan Inn, Thornbury on Saturday 29 March from 10am to 3pm – free entry.

Money raised from the event will be donated to MRF who have supported Christine since she contracted Group A streptococcal septicaemia on New Year’s Eve 2010, resulting in amputations of her legs below the knees and many fingers.

Chris and her daughter Lindsey Benson established their popular local craft fairs in March 2012 and have held 5 previous fairs raising over £6,500 for MRF.

Chris said: “The fairs have become well established within the local crafting community and tables sell out very quickly. It’s an ideal way of showcasing local talent and supporting a good cause and we are delighted that the Spring Fair will have nearly 30 crafters exhibiting their high quality handmade products.”

“The fairs also give us an opportunity to make people more aware of Meningitis and Septicaemia and we were delighted to hear last week that the government has recommended a new Meningitis B vaccine. Staff from the charity will be on hand to give out symptoms information and to answer any questions so pop along and see them as well.”

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF said: “Chris sadly has firsthand experience of how quickly meningitis and septicaemia can strike and how difficult they are to diagnose and treat. The craft fairs that she and Lindsey have organised in the past three years have raised a huge amount of money which has helped us to raise awareness of the disease and continue to fund vital research into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia”


Sam Williams
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