Hockey star visits Priestnall School to raise awareness of meningitis

Former pupil Kate Richardson-Walsh, Team GB Olympic hockey player, visited Priestnall School to speak to students and teachers about the signs and symptoms of meningitis.

Hockey star visits Priestnall School to raise awareness of meningitis

As part of GSK’s Tackle Meningitis Campaign, Kate was joined by rugby star Matt Dawson where they talked about the meningitis strains and actions you can take to reduce the risk of infection.

Symptoms of meningitis can develop rapidly. The first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell. Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash (which doesn’t fade when a glass is rolled over it), neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion.

Although a rash is often the most well-known symptom, it is often a sign that the disease is advancing rapidly and it is therefore crucial not to wait to for it to appear before seeking medical attention.

You should get medical advice as soon as possible if you're concerned that you or your child could have meningitis.

Kate Richardson-Walsh said: “It is so important for young people and their parents to know more about meningitis, because they are the most at-risk group after babies and young children. We are running these events to drive awareness of this terrible disease and would urge parents to talk to your healthcare professional about what prevention options there are.”

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, said: “It’s fantastic to see Kate Richardson-Walsh engaging with students from her former school about this important issue. Understanding of the risk of meningitis remains worryingly low in the North West, so I hope this campaign will help educate families about this awful disease.”

John Cregg, Headteacher at Priestnall School, said: “It was a real pleasure to host Kate and Matt’s visit to Priestnall and to hear them both speak so passionately about the very important subject of Meningitis. Our students were extremely excited to meet them and learned a lot about the disease through their participation in the session.

“Of course, it was particularly special to welcome Kate back to Priestnall as an ex-pupil of our school: we are fantastically proud of all her achievements and were delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate her many successes with her.”

Visit www.tacklemeningitis.org to learn more about meningitis.