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The Mumsnet Christmas Appeal: let’s raise some money for the Meningitis Research Foundation in honour of CatThiefKeith

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JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 01-Dec-17 13:03:27

Hello all,

A merry December 1 to you all: to kick off the Christmas season (sorry but there’s just no avoiding it any longer) we’re pleased to announce the launch of this year’s Mumsnet Christmas fundraiser.

As some of you will hopefully remember, last Christmas you all raised money for Women’s Aid and Refuge, and we at MNHQ doubled the donations.

This year we’ll be raising money for the Meningitis Research Foundation, in honour of CatThiefKeith, a huge character much beloved of her fellow MNers (and of MNHQ), who died suddenly earlier this year.

As with last year’s appeal, we’ll double donations up to £10,000.

We know this is an expensive time of year, but any donation at all will be greatly appreciated and WILL make a difference.

Please have a look at this page for more information about the Meningitis Research Foundation and what they do.

We’ll keep you updated with running totals and we’ll also host a guest post from MRF.

Please click here to donate if you can. We’re looking forward to helping MRF this Christmas and we’re especially happy we can do so in CTK’s honour.

Thanks for reading everyone - wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Thanks fsmile

MumGoneMild Fri 01-Dec-17 13:09:44

Great idea

SoupDragon Fri 01-Dec-17 13:17:25

Done smile

Aliiiii Fri 01-Dec-17 13:33:46


bushtailadventures Fri 01-Dec-17 14:01:44

Done, lovely idea

Ginkypig Fri 01-Dec-17 14:13:20

I nearly died as a very young baby of meningococcal meningitis with septicaemia, I spent several months including my first Christmas in hospital and have been left with life long medical issues because of it, 21 years later my father died of bacterial meningitis (and bacterial pneumonia)

This is very close to my heart because it has had such a big impact on mine and my family's lives.

For us and for CatThiefKeith I'll donate.

soasnottooutmyself Fri 01-Dec-17 14:37:51

Done ✅

TopBitchoftheWitches Fri 01-Dec-17 14:55:20

Fabulous choice of charity.

EvilDoctorBallerinaRoastDuck Fri 01-Dec-17 18:04:59

I'll donate tomorrow. 😆

SweetBabyJebus Fri 01-Dec-17 18:15:43

Thank you so much @MNHQ for the great choice of charity. flowers

🐦🐦🐦 for CTK.

EvilDoctorBallerinaRoastDuck Fri 01-Dec-17 18:46:41

Done fgrin

DorothyBastard Fri 01-Dec-17 19:17:43

Done. My son contracted pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia at 8 months old in 2016. A complication from it meant he ended up having open heart surgery at 10 months old. I had a couple of threads in chat at the time which gave me a lot of support. This is a cause close to my heart.

For my DS Dougie, and CTK flowers

DesignedForLife Fri 01-Dec-17 20:05:14

Fabulous choice. They did so much to support us when my brother passed away from Men B. Greatly thanks to their hard work we now have the Men B vaccine and I'm so glad both my DC have had this vaccine.

thesandwich Fri 01-Dec-17 20:14:59

Done. Brilliant choice.

SaneAsABoxOfFrogs Fri 01-Dec-17 21:07:19

My father died aged 52 of meningococcal septicaemia - although more common in babies and teenagers, it can take anyone of any age, where it often isn't diagnosed until it's too late. Excellent choice of charity.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe2726 Fri 01-Dec-17 22:12:28

Done. Great idea MNHQ. Here's to you, CatThiefKeith, you're really missed. star

welshpixie Sat 02-Dec-17 08:13:16

For CatThiefKeith, she always made me smile x

CiderwithBuda Sat 02-Dec-17 11:19:30

Donated in memory of CatThiefKeith.

Great idea for charity to support this year MNHQ.

AdoraBell Sat 02-Dec-17 11:44:18

Place marking as I’m just running out the door.

NorksAreMessy Sat 02-Dec-17 12:48:57

Thank you for starting this and supporting this excellent charity

spiderlight Sat 02-Dec-17 17:39:35

Done! So glad this has been arranged in CatThiefKeith's memory. My dad contracted pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia at the age of 84 and we very nearly lost him, so this is very close to my heart.

loveyouradvice Sat 02-Dec-17 18:00:46

Really great thing to do... bit confused though why the target on the website is only £3,000 when you're doubling up to £10,000???? Surely the target should be £10,000? or even more given the power and generosity of Mumsnetters.....

ChippingIn Sat 02-Dec-17 18:04:40

Thanks MNHQ 💐

I really miss CTK, she was so down to earth, kind & so naturally funny.

I still can’t believe she’s gone. My heart goes out to her DH & DD this Christmas, as always x

NeverTwerkNaked Sat 02-Dec-17 18:37:38

A wonderful idea smile

imsorryiasked Sat 02-Dec-17 22:05:01


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