Meningitis charities to merge

Meningitis Trust and Meningitis UK are to merge, bringing together their expertise in research and prevention, as well as support services and after care.

Meningitis Trust and Meningitis UK will merge in April in an act which will create the UK’s biggest meningitis charity.

Alastair Irvine, chairman designate of the board of trustees of the merged organisation, 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.”

Initially the charity will continue to work under two names and brands, with a new-look charity being launched towards the end of the year.

The merger will enable the Meningitis Trust and Meningitis UK to continue funding their key areas of focus: preventative research and lifelong support, while building on the education and awareness work of both organisations.

Steve Dayman founded Meningitis UK in Bristol after the loss of his son Spencer to the disease.
He 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.”

Existing Meningitis Trust chief executive Sue Davie has been appointed chief executive officer designate of the merged charity.