The Foundation awarded funding to Meningitis Now’s Financial Support Grant Programme through which the charity awards grants to fund specialist pieces of equipment and educational support for children affected by meningitis. The Foundation’s donation contributed to nearly 20% of the total fund. Overall the fund has helped to support 67 children to get mobile again; play, sit, sleep and eat safely; participate in family activities inside and outside of the home; enjoy new experiences; develop their learning and social skills; and live a more comfortable quality of life in general.
Three year old Lillie-Mai contracted meningococcal septicaemia in January 2011. The disease caused so much damage that she had to have both her legs and left arm amputated. It also left her with scarring across her body which is so severe in places that it causes Lillie-Mai to experience tightness on her upper arm. Lillie-Mai is a bright and curious little girl, who finds her own ways of getting around, but of course there are limits to what she can achieve. Her family applied for funding from Meningitis Now so that Lillie-Mai could take specialised swimming lessons for disabled children. A grant of £300 paid for a three-month course. The lessons are teaching Lillie-Mai vital water safety skills, as well as improving her health, well-being and emotional development, by providing a physical activity that gives her freedom of movement.
Lillie-Mai’s Mum, Belinda, told us: “Lillie is doing so well. She is now in pre-school, can ride a scooter, and is coming on amazing since her illness. She has recently learned how to get up and down the stairs which is amazing and Lillie is very chuffed with herself. She loves her swimming lessons, they have really helped her to feel confident in the water, she has a lot of fun and is learning a valuable skill.”