Friday 20 June 2014

Charity Afternoon Tea at Del Toro, Lisburn in Aid of Meningitis Now

On Wednesday, I attended my first ever afternoon tea (I know, I must be living under a rock!) at Del Toro in Lisburn in aid of Meningitits Now. 

Meningitis Now is the new name for Meningitis UK and Meningitis Trust. They've merged together to become a more powerful force in the fight against meningitis and septicaemia. They are determined that in the future, no one in the UK will lose their life to meningitis and that everyone affected will get the support that they need. 

Meningitis Now's goals are: 

To provide a powerful, united voice for people fighting meningitis. 
To fund research into vaccines and prevention. 
To raise awareness and empower the public and professionals to spot meningitis early. 
To rebuild futures with dedicated support for those affected. 
To listen and respond to the needs of everyone affected by meningitis and raise funds to deliver their plans. 

Meningitis and Septicaemia often happen together. We need to be aware of all of the symptoms. They don't appear in any specific order and some may not appear at all. The symptoms can be different for babies/toddlers and children/adults. 

Symptoms for Babies & Adults include:

  • Fever, cold hands & feet
  • Refusing food & vomiting
  • Fretful, disliking being handled
  • Drowsy, floppy or unresponsive
  • Rapid breathing or grunting
  • Pale, blotchy skin, spots/rash
  • Unusual cry, moaning
  • Tense, bulging fontanelle (soft spot)
  • Stiff neck, disliking bright lights 
  • Convulsions/seizures

Symptoms for Children & Adults include:

  • Fever, cold hands & feet
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsy, difficult to wake
  • Confusion and irritability
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Pale, blotchy skin, spots/rash
  • Severe headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Disliking bright lights 
  • Convulsions/seizures

Someone with meningitis or septicaemia can get a lot worse very quickly. Trust your instincts and get medical help immediately. 

You can find out more at Meningitis Now and maybe even give a little donation while you're there. 

The afternoon tea itself was absolutely beautiful and I would like to give a special mention to some of the companies who donated their time and products to the event: NDsigns, Ruby Jane's Vintage China Hire & Andrew Holden Cakes for all Occasions.

(Disclaimer: I did not receive any financial compensation for this post.)

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