United against meningitis
07 February 2012
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has donated £5000 to the Meningitis Research Foundation, after winning the money in a charity poker competition.
Evans beat a host of his Reds team-mates, including Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, the Da Silva twins and Federico Macheda, in the Betfair Poker Challenge for MUTV late last year.
Diane McConnell, Ireland Manager for Meningitis Research Foundation, travelled to Manchester in January to collect the money – funds which will go a long way to helping the charity continue its vital work into prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia.
“This is a significant amount of money for us, it will help us improve thousands of lives.” she said. “Charities, like everyone else at the moment, are suffering financially, so we’re very grateful for this donation.”
Meningitis is a disease that causes inflammation to the lining around the brain and spinal cord; septicaemia is the blood poisoning form of thedisease. The disease affects approximately 3,400 people each year in the United Kingdom and Ireland with babies and small children being most susceptible.
"Anyone can be affected by this dreadful disease," said McConnell. “Children can die within 24 hours of contracting the disease.
“We believe research is the way forward, so the money Jonny Evans donated will help us continue to fund our research programme, help us raise awareness of the disease and provide support to people affected.
“I can’t tell you how much funding like this helps. Every penny makes a difference. Thank you to Jonny for nominating us and Betfair for making it possible."Read more on United's website