We are excited to announce that we have chosen Meningitis Now to be our National 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 we raise this year across our 268 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.
As well as supporting the charity through fundraising, our nurseries will also be working to raise greater awareness of meningitis amongst our local communities by piloting the Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark programme.
Steve Dayman, Executive Founder of Meningitis Now, said:
‘’We are very excited about the prospect of working with Busy Bees and the opportunity it offers to inform staff and parents about the importance of knowing key meningitis signs and symptoms.
“The commitment Busy Bees are making to pilot our Meningitis Awareness Mark programme within their nurseries will act as beacon of excellence for all pre-school groups, across the UK, as it defines a clear standard of meningitis knowledge that will become the mark of assurance for parents entrusting their children in to this type of childcare.
“As a charity, we receive no money from government and can only fund the work we do in research, awareness and supporting people by the generous donations we receive. To be nominated as Busy Bees’ charity of the year is a great honour and one that will, through its donations, go a long way in helping achieve these aims.’’
Our Managing Director, Marg Randles, said:
“We’re committed to supporting a charity that helps families and young people and for us, Meningitis Now is a cause we’re passionate about supporting. Members of staff across our 268 nurseries nationwide are preparing a range of exciting fundraising events for our children and parents, which we hope during 2017 will make real difference to children, young people and their families across the UK.”
Meningitis Now will be our focus charity throughout 2017, but in addition nurseries also have the option to fundraise for charities close to their hearts, and will also be supporting Comic Relief, Children In Need and The Wildlife Trusts.
We have been overwhelmed by the support our chosen charities receive from our parents, children and staff and look forward to 2017 being another fantastic year of fundraising!
You can donate to Meningitis Now via our EverydayHero page here.