School to raise funds for meningitis charity after student’s brother sadly died from the disease

School to raise funds for meningitis charity after student’s brother sadly died from the disease

15 December 2016

Toby Gale, 13 year old student at Beaminster Comprehensive School successfully pitched Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) to become charity of the year for his school year group.

Toby and his family have raised funds and awareness for MRF since Toby’s brother, Oscar Gale, sadly died of meningitis aged three in 2001. Toby’s aunt, Catherine Aithal is an ambassador for MRF.

Toby put on a small presentation including slides and pictures, including one of Oscar. He explained the importance of knowing all the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, because his brother did not get the commonly-known rash before he died.

The presentation was such a success that MRF was chosen by the year eight students to receive any funds they raise during the next school year. Other year groups will give half their funds to MRF.

The students have already had a non-school uniform day and a charity football match so it looks set to be a good year for fundraising.

Rob Dawson, Head of Support at MRF said, “We’re very impressed that Toby has raised awareness of meningitis at his school and we’re grateful that we’ve been selected by the students as charity of the year. Any funds raised will be used to support MRF’s lifesaving research into the prevention, detection and early treatment of meningitis. It will also allow us to continue supporting families affected by this devastating disease.”


Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m MRF's PR Manager.

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