A young survivor of meningitis has raised £2,640 for charity Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).
Jasmine Pearce, age 15 who is a student at North Walsham High School explains: “I was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis when I was two years old and this greatly affected me and my family. It is a horrible disease that changes lives and destroys families. I was lucky enough to make a full recovery, however many do not. I hope that in the future, no one has to suffer from any form of meningitis. That’s why I wanted to raise funds for MRF whose vision is a world free from meningitis and septicaemia.
“I put on a series of performances at school called ‘A Night at the Musicals’ to raise funds for MRF and to raise awareness of this cruel disease. I am thrilled to say that we raised £2,640 for this incredible cause. I would like to thank everyone who came and supported us and helped us raise an amazing amount. Also, to the children who volunteered to perform and help out backstage.”
Gina Weston from Norwich is an Ambassador for MRF and talked at the performances about her family’s tragic story; meningitis took the lives of two of her sons, Ryan and Joe. Gina also attended a cheque presentation evening on Friday 28 September at North Walsham High School on behalf of MRF to accept the funds Jasmine raised.
Rob Dawson, Director of Support at MRF said, “We're extremely grateful to Jasmine and everyone involved in organising these successful events. The funds raised will help us enormously to continue our research, awareness and support programmes.”