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Music for Meningitis

26 October 2012

A mum from Milton Keynes whose son survived meningitis is organising a musical mash up of live bands, underground DJ’s and live street performers in aid of Meningitis Research Foundation.

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) says that meningitis and septicaemia affect around 3,600 people in the UK and Ireland annually. They are deadly diseases that can strike anyone without warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life altering after-effects ranging from deafness and brain damage to loss of limbs.

Music for Meningitis will take place on Saturday 3 November from 7.30pm until 3.00am at Snobar - Xscape, Milton Keynes. Performers include: Ed Cox, The Cracked, Gilly Nina and DJ sets from: The Candyman, DJ Kenty, Uncle Muff and DJ Klockwork.

Entry by donations at the door with a suggested minimum of £3 per person, all proceeds will go to Meningitis Research Foundation. http://www.justgiving.com/Cat-Barker1

Cat Barker from Wolverton said: “My son Leon was seriously ill with meningococcal septicaemia in January 2007. He was in a coma for a week on life support for nearly two weeks and all in all spent just over a month in hospital at Oxford. Unfortunately the septicaemia rotted his aortic heart valve which meant he was heavily medicated and monitored. Eventually he underwent open heart surgery at Great Ormond Street in July 2010 and has recovered very well. Although he will need medical intervention for his heart for the rest of his life Leon is one of the lucky ones. We wanted to organise a fun event that people would enjoy but at the same time raise awareness and funds to combat this awful disease.”

Cat is looking for raffle prizes for the evening to raise additional funds and is appealing to local businesses who would be willing to donate items. Contact her on: 07904 833389 - after 3pm if you can help.

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF said:” We are so grateful to Cat for organising Music for Meningitis, it’s a brilliant idea and should be a lot of fun. She has firsthand experience of how quickly meningitis and septicaemia can strike and how many survivors are left with life long after affects. All the money raised at this event will make a huge difference to the work we do funding vital research, supporting those affected and raising awareness of the symptoms. We rely heavily on voluntary donations from our members, the general public and businesses throughout the UK.”

For further information on Music for Meningitis: www.facebook.com/music4meningitis


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