Location: Harlow
22nd February 2017

Charity of the Year

Busy Bees are proud and delighted to announce that Meningitis Now has been chosen as their charity partner for 2017.

Meningitis is the disease most feared by parents and can strike children, teenagers and adults of all ages quickly and with little warning. Thousands of people across the UK are affected by viral and bacterial meningitis each year, and with one in ten who contract bacterial meningitis losing their life and one in three being left with lifelong disabilities, knowing the symptoms and reacting quickly is crucial to saving lives.

Vaccinations against some types of meningitis are available in the UK and are offered to babies from two months old, but despite this there are still thousands of cases of meningitis in the UK every year. Meningitis Now has been dedicated to fighting the disease for 30 years and funds vital research into the prevention of meningitis, in order to achieve a future where no one loses their life to the disease. The charity is also devoted to supporting families affected by the deadly disease and helps them to rebuild their lives.

The money that Busy Bees raises this year across its 267 UK nurseries will make a substantial contribution to the £3million that Meningitis Now needs to continue its life-saving work, including ground-breaking research projects, family support services and community awareness campaigns.

Each year Meningitis Now, the UK’s largest meningitis charity, reaches out to families across the UK providing crucial helpline and support services and also acts as an influential voice raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningitis.