JenningsFord steps in to support Meningitis campaign at crucial time

Posted on 08 Oct 2009

ennings Ford is supporting a campaign in aid of the Meningitis Trust.

The Yarm Road dealership in Stockton has agreed to support the Subbuteo ‘Clip-on’ campaign by agreeing to display a number of counter-top boxes in the showroom. The boxes will not only raise awareness about Meningitis amongst staff and customers, but it will also contribute towards raising vital funds for the charity.

With winter upon us and an increase in cases of meningitis expected over the coming months, Jennings Ford has stepped in to support the campaign at a crucial time.

Sue Davie, Chief Executive of the Meningitis Trust said; “Every year we see an increase in cases of meningitis over the winter months. Nearly 60% of the most serious bacterial types occur between October and March and although the disease affects all ages, over half of those cases will be in children under 5.”

“Fighting common infections like colds and flu weakens our immune systems, leaving us all more vulnerable to meningitis. People are also at increased risk as in winter we tend to spend more time indoors and in closer proximity to others, which means germs are spread more easily.”

The early symptoms of meningitis can easily be mistaken for those of flu and include :-

• Fever

• Headache

• Stiff neck

• Dislike of bright light

• Drowsiness

• Joint pain

• Vomiting

• Diarrhoea

• Confusion

• And in some, but not all cases, a rash

Symptoms can appear in any order and some may not appear at all.

Lee Spence, sales controller at Jennings Ford in Stockton, said; “We are delighted to be able to support such an important charity as the Meningitis Trust and look forward to raising funds for the campaign.”

The Meningitis Trust is a registered charity dedicated to providing practical and emotional support for life to anyone affected by the disease in the UK. It has a range of professional support services, which provide a lifeline to those who are struggling to cope with the impact of meningitis. Last year it helped 20,000 people through its services and gave out £140,000 in financial support grants.

The charity is also committed to raising awareness of the disease and produces a range of awareness information materials, such as a handy credit card sized signs and symptoms card. The cards are available FREE by calling the Trust’s freephone 24-hour helpline on 0800 028 18 28 and are designed to be kept in people’s purses and wallets at all times.

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