International charity, the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is appealing to the public to support its new fundraising initiative ‘FABruary’ and join them in the fight against meningitis and septicaemia.
Meningitis and septicaemia affect around 3,200 people across the UK each year, babies in the first year of life are most vulnerable, with it killing more UK children under the age of five than any other infectious disease. As many as one in ten of those affected will die and a third of survivors will be left with after-effects some as serious as brain damage, amputations, blindness and hearing loss.
Mike Taylor, head of fundraising said: “We’ve come up with five fabulous events to hold during February to raise funds for Meningitis Research Foundation:
>Danceathon: Let your hair down and dance the night away.
>Fabulous Friday: Why have a dress down day at work when you could dress up?
>Pamper evening: Set aside some quality time for you and your friends to get pampered and feel rejuvenated.
>Swishing: What could be more fabulous than updating your wardrobe while having fun with friends?
>FABruary evening: Host your own fabulous evening – cocktail party, karaoke sing along or a casino night.
Whichever way you choose to support MRF, your donation will make a huge difference to the work we do. We rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia, so please sign up for FABruary and join the fight against these terrible diseases which can change lives forever.”
To find out more and order your information pack please visit www.meningitis.org/helping-us/fundraising-events/fabruary-93627
Anyone who would like further information about the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia or have any concerns should visit www.meningitis.org or call the freefone helpline: 080 8800 3344