New Meningitis Ambassador organises work “Bake Off”
01 October 2013
Newly appointed regional ambassador for MRF, Adel Whitworth organised a staff “Bake off” at Mott MacDonald Fleet Place London and Heritage Court Chester Offices to raise funds and awareness of meningitis and septicaemia during Awareness Week (16-22 September).
Adel who is IMS & Safety Manager at Mott Macdonald was asked to be a regional ambassador for MRF as she is an active member who has personal experience of the disease.
Adel said: “In 2001 my close friend Jennie Warr died from meningitis, a few years later my cousin Becky also had the disease but luckily she survived. In 2011 & 2013 I ran the London Marathon for MRF and have raised just over £4,000. I thought Awareness Week was a great opportunity for Mott MacDonald Staff to put to use the skills learnt from this seasons Great British Bake Off, raise funds for MRF and improve awareness of the symptoms of the disease through distribution of symptoms cards and leaflets.”
“ The Bake Off had a theme, this year’s being “Something Beginning with B” to raise awareness of the up and coming decision on the introduction of the Men B vaccine by the JCVI. Cakes were entered anonymously, each cake rated for presentation, taste and value and an overall winner declared. The London Office winner was Louise Hanson with an impressive Berry Cheesecake complete with MRF logo and in Chester Sue Ellis with her butterfly cakes. A total of £191 pounds was raised (£128 in London and £63 in Chester)”.
Chris Head, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation said: “we are delighted that Adel has agreed to represent the charity in her community and at work. We have a team of 50 Ambassadors in the UK and Wales and they take on a variety of roles from speaking to the local media about our latest campaigns to giving talks in nurseries, schools and colleges across the region. They can also offer tips and resources for local people who want to get involved in fundraising for us; as well as organising, participating in and assisting with events such as the Bake off she organised at work.”
Meningitis is a hot topic in the UK and Ireland right now because a new vaccine for Meningococcal B infection (Men B) is currently under-consideration and may not be introduced because of costs. We are extremely disappointed by this and campaigning hard for a change of heart. Other vaccines have almost eliminated many other types of meningitis, but people cannot assume they are fully protected against all strains so our Ambassadors are spreading the word about the symptoms. People need to act fast if they suspect meningitis, it is essential to saving lives.”
If you would like to organise your own "Bake Off" and turn cakes into cash to help defeat meningitis and septicaemia why not sign up to the MRF Cake Club
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