Get spooky this Halloween to fight meningitis

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Leading UK meningitis charity, Meningitis Now is calling on local families and community groups to become spooky supporters this Halloween.

Local people can get a pack from the charity to help them with some special Halloween theme fundraising events.

Community Fundraiser Jo Wilson said: “Halloween is just over a week away, so it’s the perfect time to plan some really spooky activities.

“Why not hold a truly terrible tea party or a terrifying toddle waddle with your little ones?

“Half term is the perfect time to get the kids involved with some creative activities, let their imagination run wild and come up with a spooky theme together.”

Families across the UK will be helping those affected by meningitis by getting spooky this Halloween.

The sponsored event, which is all about being creative and having fun, is free to take part in and is simple to organise.

To get started, register with Meningitis Now and download some free activities, ghostly games and recipes at www.meningitisnow.org/support-us/all-events/halloween-hair-raising-fundraising/

Then pick a date for your ghoulish get-together, terrifying toddle waddle or fiendish fancy dress party, and get your friends and family involved.

Katy Towers’ son Noah survived meningitis when he was just two, but suffered limb-loss as an after effect of the disease.

The family love taking part in fundraising together and will be ‘getting spooky’ for the charity.

Katy said: “I organise fundraising activities as they are a fun way of making my family and friends aware of the impact of this disease and to help Meningitis Now continue their amazing work.

“This Halloween we will be holding a mini monster party with spooky games and a raffle.”

All monies raised by these events will help the charity to support those affected by meningitis, fund vital research into vaccines and increase awareness of the disease and its symptoms.

Meningitis Now is the UK’s leading charity working to save lives and rebuild the futures of people affected by meningitis through research, support and awareness.

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

The early signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia can be similar to ‘flu and include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and muscle pain. If you suspect someone may be ill with meningitis or septicaemia, trust your instincts and get immediate medical help.

To find out more about holding a hair-raising Halloween fundraiser contact Jo Wilson on 0345 1200663 or email JoanneW@meningitisnow.org.