A GRATEFUL mum whose son survived potentially deadly meningitis is organising a musical mash up of live bands, underground DJ’s and live street performers in aid of Meningitis Research Foundation.
Cat Barker’s son Leon was on a life support machine for two weeks after contracting meningococcal septicaemia almost five years ago.
The septicaemia rotted his aortic heart valve and this necessitated open heart surgery at Great Ormond Street two years ago.
Leon has now recovered well, but will need medication for the rest of his life.
Cat, who lives in Wolverton, is determined to raise money for research into the disease and has organised Music for Meningitis on Saturday, November 3 at the Snobar in Xscape,
She said: “Leon is one of the lucky ones. We wanted to organise a fun event that people would enjoy but at the same time raise awareness and funds to combat this awful disease.”
Performers at the event include Ed Cox, The Cracked, Gilly Nina and DJ sets will be played by The Candyman, DJ Kenty, Uncle Muff and DJ Klockwork.
Entry is by donations at the door with a suggested minimum of £3 per person and all proceeds will go to Meningitis Research Foundation. Donations can also be made online at http://www.justgiving.com/Cat-Barker1
Cat is looking for raffle prizes for the evening to raise additional funds and is appealing to businesses who would be willing to donate items. She can be contacted on 07904 833389 after 3pm each day.
Chief Executive of the Meningitis Research Foundation, Chris Head, said: ”We are so grateful to Cat for organising Music for Meningitis, it’s a brilliant idea and should be a lot of fun. She has first-hand experience of how quickly meningitis and septicaemia can strike and how many survivors are left with lifelong after affects.
“All the money raised at this event will make a huge difference to the work we do funding vital research, supporting those affected and raising awareness of the symptoms. We rely heavily on voluntary donations from our members, the general public and businesses throughout the UK.”
Meningitis and septicaemia affect around 3,600 people in the UK and Ireland annually. They are deadly diseases that can strike anyone without warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life altering after-effects ranging from deafness and brain damage to loss of limbs.
For further information on Music for Meningitis, which runs from 7.30pm until 3am, visit www.facebook.com/music4meningitis