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CL Medilaw have been contacting the charities that we work with to see how they are coping in these exceptional times. In the spotlight today is Meningitis Now.

Meningitis Now is the UK’s largest charity which offers support, funds research and raises awareness of this deadly disease.  Here is what they had to say about their new project which launched on 29 June 2020:

At Meningitis Now, we know that life after meningitis is tough. And in these unprecedented times, it can be even tougher – especially as the coronavirus crisis has meant we’ve had to suspend some of our usual support programmes. That’s why we’ve created the COVID-19 Young Futures Fund – emergency financial support for children and young people affected by meningitis, who have faced further challenges during the current pandemic.

Bev Corbett, Meningitis Now’s Director of Research and Support, says, “Coronavirus has impacted our lives in many different ways. Here at Meningitis Now we know that children and young people affected by meningitis continue to struggle through these difficult times. That’s why we’re pleased to be offering emergency financial support through the COVID-19 Young Futures Fund.”

The COVID-19 Young Futures Fund launched on Monday 29 June. The fund provides emergency financial support for children and young people affected by meningitis, who have faced further challenges during the current coronavirus pandemic. With up to £500 available per applicant for a range of items, equipment and services – including computers, sensory toys, online training and gym equipment – the new Fund will support the education, learning and development of children and young people up to the age of 25.

Bev says, “We hope that our new emergency fund will go some way towards relieving the ongoing difficulties and challenges faced by children and young people.”

Meningitis Now’s COVID-19 Young Futures Fund has been made possible thanks to kind donations from various trusts and foundations – as well as funds we would have otherwise used to host our support events across the UK.

Entry for applications opened on Monday 29 June until the end of October 2020. To find out more, including the eligibility criteria and the answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit the COVID-19 Young Futures Fund webpage:

https://www.meningitisnow.org/how-we-help/emergency-financial-support

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