Thank you for all your support

With New Year just passed, we would like to thank everyone who has supported Meningitis UK in 2012.

They are helping us fund vital research into vaccines and other preventative measures to end the heartache caused by meningitis.

We are amazed by the generosity and dedication of people in your area, especially considering the economic climate.

The year has been very positive for the fight against the disease, with licence approval for a Meningitis B vaccine – the most common form of meningitis in the UK – due in early 2013.

However, there is still much work to do.

We still need the Government to introduce the vaccine and need to keep developing new and improved vaccines for all strains of meningitis.

We will not stop until everyone is protected.

We urge your readers to make a New Year’s resolution to fight meningitis.

A fundraising challenge is the perfect way to make a difference.

We have many awe-inspiring activity ideas, including daredevil skydives, tremendous treks and fantastic foreign adventures.

In the absence of vaccines and other preventative measures, we distribute awareness materials highlighting the symptoms and need to act quickly, which can mean the difference between life and death.

For a free symptoms pack, including wallet-sized symptoms cards, or more information, call Meningitis UK on 0117 947 6320 or visit www.meningitisUK.org.

Kate Rowland

Chief executive, Meningitis UK