A Driffield mother, who lost her 17 year old son to meningitis in 2005, will be presenting a cheque for £3,836.50 to the executive founder of Meningitis Trust/Meningitis UK, after holding a charity hog roast in June.
Lynne Dodgson, 48, organised the event with the help of family in friends, in order to raise money for the Michael Dodgson Forever Fund in memory of her son. More than 200 people turned up to enjoy the day which included a live band, a bar and games, as well as the hog roast.
Lynne, who has raised nearly £16,000 for her son’s tribute fund so far, says: “I would like to thank everyone who helped organise the event, and everyone who came along to support such a great cause. We will continue to raise as much money as we can for Meningitis Trust/Meningitis UK.”
Steve Dayman MBE, Executive Founder of Meningitis Trust/Meningitis UK, lost his own son, Spencer, to meningitis in 1982, and is attending the presentation to accept the cheque on behalf of the charity. Also present will be at least 10 of the people who helped organise the event.
The Meningitis Trust, formed in 1986, supported people as they faced life after meningitis. It provided the widest range of free services and community-based support for those affected by the disease across the UK.
Steve Dayman, who lost his young son to the disease in 1982, formed Meningitis UK in 1999 after being active in the fight since Spencer’s passing. The main focus was to fund pioneering research to find vaccines and other preventative measures to eradicate all forms of the disease.
The two charities merged in April 2013 to form the UK’s biggest meningitis charity.
Visit www.meningitis-trust.org/ for more information.