NWHS Student raises thousands for Charity
North Walsham High School student, Jasmine Pearce, has been fundraising for a
charity close to her heart, Meningitis Research Foundation. Jasmine has raised a
fantastic amount of money and we as a school have also added £344.50 raised at a
Mufti day. Read about Jasmine’s story here:
‘My name is Jasmine Pearce, I’m in year 11 at North Walsham High School and in
2005, I was diagnosed with Pneumococcal Meningitis. This greatly effected my
family and I. It is a horrible disease that changes lives and destroys families. I was
lucky enough to have a full recovery, however not many do. I hope that in the future,
no one has to suffer from any form of Meningitis. The Meningitis Research
Foundation’s mission is to defeat Meningitis and Septicaemia wherever they exist.
On the 24th and 25th of May, I put on ‘A Night at the Musicals’ to spread awareness
of this cruel illness. I am thrilled to say that we raised £2,640.00 for this incredible
Gina Weston, an Ambassador for the Meningitis Research Foundation, talked at the
performances about why she is an ambassador: ‘I am an Ambassador for The Meningitis Research Foundation because the disease took the lives of two of my Sons, Ryan and Joe, and I have been fundraising and raising awareness ever since and together with Family and Friends, we have raised £128,000 so far for the Remember Ryan fund.
There are various vaccines available to protect against certain strains of the disease and by donating this money to the Foundation, will help to enable them to continue to research the disease and fight to get the Meningitis B vaccine widely available for all those who need it and for free. The disease can leave people with numerous health problems and life changing disabilities and sadly the fatality rate is about 1 in 10. The bacteria that cause meningococcal disease are common and live naturally at the back of the nose and throat. At any one time, one in ten of us carries the bacteria for weeks or months without ever knowing that they are there, and for most of us this is harmless because, fortunately, most of us have natural resistance.
They are passed from person to person through coughing, sneezing, breathing each other’s breath or by kissing someone who is carrying the germ. The bacteria are so fragile that they cannot survive for more than a few moments outside the human body. I would urge everyone to make themselves aware of the symptoms and trust your instincts, the most vulnerable age groups are students, school age children and babies. There is a very informative website www.Meningitis.Org for lots more information.’
Jasmine would like to thank everyone who came and supported her and helped her raise an incredible amount. Also, to the children who volunteered to perform and help out backstage. She hopes that soon, we can have a world free of Meningitis and Septicaemia.
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