Our founder Jon and his wife Donna, also a Director at National Maintenance, have selected Meningitis Now as their chosen charity for the team to support.
Earlier this year Jon and Donna’s youngest son contracted meningitis, luckily the signs were caught early enough to mean that he has made a full recovery, but other families aren’t always as fortunate.
Both Jon and Donna want to raise the awareness of the signs to look out for, to catch meningitis in the early stages, so Donna has shared their story:
“Albie came out in what looked like a nettle sting rash, I didn’t think too much about it as he seemed fine in himself. I went in the shower and during that time, after about 20 minutes, the rash started to change, so for peace of mind I called 111.
The lady on the phone line asked me to do the “glass test” and after confirming that the rash didn’t disappear the she told me to take him to NEMs (an out of hours medical centre).
When I arrived at the medical centre the doctor called me through and when he saw the rash, straight away he called for a blue lighted ambulance and started treatment for meningitis. As you can imagine it was the scariest time of my life and I just didn’t know what was going to happen.
When I arrived at the hospital, they told me it was suspected meningococcal meningitis which is bacterial. We spent 7 days in hospital whilst Albie received his treatment, there were lots of ups and downs throughout that week, but we feel very blessed that Albie has made a full recovery and is back to his happy little self.
It’s for that reason that we have now decided to work closely to raise money and awareness where we can for the Meningitis Now charity. We currently have a kids Halloween fundraising party coming up and we are all set to take part in Scotland’s Tough Mudder next year. We have also dropped awareness cards off at various different children’s events such as football clubs, drama clubs and nurseries.
If we can help just one family catch meningitis in the early stage, it will have been worth it.”
If you would like to join us in supporting this charity, why not find out more about the work that they do and the fundraising events that you can take part in https://www.meningitisnow.org/