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These pages tell a little bit of the MAS story, report on the work we have done and continue with while highlighting some key items of press and media coverage of the past few years.

Should you wish more information regarding any item of content please contact MAS on 07824 317 326 or 0141 554 6680.

The on-going battle against Meningitis

FUNDRAISING

The efforts from all our fundraisers is greatly appreciated. They really are fabulous people and everyone has an individual story to tell.

Where better to share just two of them with you than within these pages?

Wedding Day Delight

Meet Jennifer Cameron, then aged 11 from Inverness, when she was flower girl at her sister's wedding.

"When Jennifer was only 4 days old she became extremely ill with meningitis. At only 3lbs in weight she survived all the odds although as a result she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

Although she has limited speech and physical disabilities and is confined to a wheelchair, Jennifer is a happy child, bright as a button and has a great sense of humour.

Three years before we heard about the David Hart Walker Foundation nd applied for information. Subsequently after being on a waiting list for over a year, Jennifer was assessed in the Birmingham David Hart Clinic Genesis Orthotics and found to be suitable for a walker.

Thanks to your generous efforts the meningitis Association of Scotland was able to assist and Jennifer came home with her walker just a week before Christmas For the first time ever Jennifer could stand in front of the Christmas tree and touch the decorations. It made everyone's Christmas perfect that years.
An even bigger day for Jennifer when her sister Diane got married Jennifer was flower girl that day and walked down the aisle behind the bride with the two bridesmaids, one being he, other sister Pamela. Jennifer was brilliant that day and having her little sister walking down the aisle behind her made Dianne's day special too."

MBE awarded to founder of Meningitis Association

A fundraiser whose dedication to charity was borne out of personal tragedy has had her achievements recognised in the Queen's honours list by receiving an MBE.

Eileen McKiernan, who lost her 17-year-old son, Lee, to meningitis in 1990, has spent the years since his death increasing awareness of the condition and raising funds to support research.

She is the founder and chief executive of Meningitis Association Scotland, which has raised almost £1 million for the successful development of a vaccine for one strain of the illness.

"It's a wonderful honour and I'm particularly delighted because of the recognition it will give to the unstinting work of the scientists and physicians who are dedicated to the work they are undertaking for us", she said.

Among the many supporters of Meningitis Association Scotland is Marist Brother Stephen Smyth - a popular poet - who donated the proceeds of his anthology, a Patchwork Quilt to the charity.

"Eileen is exactly the kind of person this type of award should go to. I am delighted her spirit of self-giving and sense of community has been recognised," he said.

Press report June 28 2009

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