Meningitis UK raise awareness of killer disease
August 24, 2010 by Gareth
The campaign to raise awareness of killer disease, Meningitis, got a real boost in recent weeks as the charity Meningitis UK came to the Wisbech area to help educate people on the symptoms and dangers of the deadly disease. The charity took their giant trailer to the local Asda in Wisbech to help raise awareness to people in the area and offering public information about Meningitis. Meningitis UK was founded by Steve Dayman, after his son was killed by the disease in 1982. As the charity came to Wisbech, they were joined by local Kings Lynn couple, Ben Davey and Gemma Norris, who unfortunately also lost their son, Jacob, to the disease in March this year. The charity will have no doubt enlisted the help of printing services in Kings Lynn as it seeks to raise public awareness about the killer disease. Meningitis UK distributed public information packs from the trailer at the supermarket containing leaflets with the symptoms of meningitis, wallet-sized symptom cards and a fridge magnet to remind people to ‘check the symptoms’ of meningitis.
For their part, Jacob’s parents have established a fund in memory of their son and are looking to raise money to help fund finding a vaccine against Meningitis B which is the most common form of the disease and the one which killed their son. The couple believe the vaccine is the real way to save lives since the symptoms of the disease can be difficult to spot and can take people unawares by developing very suddenly.