Tadcaster adds a splash of colour to charity funds effort

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MENINGITIS can kill in less than four hours and every week six families have to face the sudden tragedy of losing a loved one to this devastating disease.

These were some of the facts communicated to the students of Tadcaster Grammar School last week, as Steve

Dayman MBE and chief executive of Meningitis UK visited the School.

Students designated March 28 to April 1 as

their own Meningitis Awareness Week and held various fundraising activities throughout the week. Friday was the

culmination of all the students’ efforts as they declared April Fools’ Day as Colour My Friday and paid £1 for the privilege of wearing something colourful.

Mr Dayman, whose son Spencer died of meningitis 29 years ago, was awarded an MBE because of his 28 years’ service to the meningitis cause and subsequently Meningitis UK.

He spoke to students during their assemblies, talked about the disease and told them how it is the vision of Meningitis UK to find a vaccine to eradicate meningitis and all associated diseases.

“We really appreciate Steve finding the time to come to school,” said Ben Raybould, Head of Year 10.

More than £1,500 will now be donated to Meningitis UK by Tadcaster Grammar School and go towards its Search 4 A Vaccine Campaign.