Meningitis charities merge to improve chances of fighting the disease
A Kingswood meningitis charity has announced it is set to merge with another organisation.
Meningitis UK will merge with Stroud-based Meningitis Trust to create a new charity next month.
The move will create the UK’s biggest meningitis charity bringing together expertise in research and prevention.
A new name for the merged charity has not yet been decided upon.
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Alastair Irvine, chairman designate of the board of trustees of the merged charity, said “This is a huge opportunity for two leading meningitis charities to join forces and have an even greater impact on behalf of our beneficiaries. We have worked in partnership over the last four years and together we are committed to fighting meningitis in the UK.”
Meningitis UK Founder Steve Dayman said: “Since losing my son to meningitis 30 years ago, it's been our mission to fund research into preventing meningitis and we have achieved so much with three vaccines in place. But every week, six people still die and families need our continued support. By coming together we will have a greater impact in the UK, funding not only pioneering research programmes, but providing the best education and support services available.”
Meningitis Trust president, Andrew Harvey said: “We want to create a sustainable charity with a long term future and ensure that every pound raised makes a difference. We have been working closely with Meningitis UK for some time and I truly believe that the combination of the supporters of both charities will be an unstoppable force in the fight against meningitis.”