We’ve made a leap for­ward in 2014

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

WITH New Year upon us, I wish to thank ev­ery­one who sup­ported Menin­gi­tis Now in 2014.

Sup­port­ers are our back­bone. Only through peo­ple’s kind­ness, en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm can we fight the dis­ease on all fronts – fund pi­o­neer­ing pre­ven­ta­tive re­search, raise life­sav­ing aware­ness and support sur­vivors and their fam­i­lies.

Ev­ery­one’s gen­eros­ity and ded­i­ca­tion is in­spi­ra­tional, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing some grieve or face life-chang­ing after-ef­fects from menin­gi­tis.

This year saw leaps for­ward, in­clud­ing the first vac­cine for Menin­gi­tis B – the most common form of bac­te­rial menin­gi­tis in the UK – ap­proved to be free to ba­bies Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor, Buck­ing­hamshire Ad­ver­tiser, c/o Trin­ity Mir­ror Colour Print, St Al­bans Road, Wat­ford, WD24 7RG and chil­dren on the NHS.

How­ever, the gov­ern­ment and vac­cine man­u­fac­turer are still ne­go­ti­at­ing a price, and mean­while ba­bies are dy­ing or suf­fer­ing dis­abil­i­ties, so we con­tinue to press both to hurry up.

We will not stop un­til ev­ery­one is pro­tected.

Un­til then, peo­ple should know the symp­toms and we urge peo­ple to make a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to fight menin­gi­tis.

A fundrais­ing chal­lenge will make a dif­fer­ence to UK fam­i­lies.

We’ve many awe-in­spir­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as dare­devil sky­dives, tremen­dous treks and fan­tas­tic for­eign ad­ven­tures.

Menin­gi­tis can strike any­one, of any age, at any time.

It kills more UK un­der-fives than any other in­fec­tious dis­ease, and sur­vivors can suf­fer af­ter­ef­fects such as brain dam­age, epilepsy and limb loss.

Thank you for your support and please join us in 2015.

To do­nate, for a free symp­toms pack or app, or more in­for­ma­tion, call us on 0808 80 10 388 or visit www.Menin­gi­tisNow.org.

STEVE DAY­MAN MBE Menin­gi­tis Now Founder Fern House Bath Road

Stroud Glouces­ter­shire

GL5 3TJ

buck­snews@ trin­i­tysouth.co.uk ONL

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