Every year in the UK around 8,000 people contract viral and bacterial meningitis - 22 new cases each day. One in ten people who contract bacterial meningitis will die. Between 30% and 50% of those who survive bacterial meningitis, will be left with long-term after-effects. These frequently include hearing loss, sight problems, paralysis, acquired brain injury, memory loss, mental health issues, learning and behavioural problems. Where septicaemia occurs, limb loss and scarring can be common.
The Rebuilding Futures Fund aims to ease the financial and practical burdens that meningitis leaves behind. The fund will help pay for items and services that will improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of people affected by meningitis. For example: specialist equipment, disability aids, rehabilitation costs, training, therapies such as acupuncture, counselling, creative therapies for children, home adaptations, travel costs associated with medical appointments, and funeral costs.
We aim to improve wellbeing by helping people to cope with physical, emotional and financial issues that meningitis can cause, and by doing so, enable them to start to rebuild a positive future and reach their true potential. We anticipate that 150-200 people will be awarded funding each year, helping them return to school or work, participate in sport and social activities, enjoy life at home and time with their family.