Are You Group B Strep Aware?
July is Group B Strep Awareness Month – throughout the month of July the charity will be focusing on raising awareness of group B Strep among expectant parents, health professionals, MPs and governing bodies and supporters. Group B Strep is the most common cause of severe infections in newborn babies, causing septicaemia and pneumonia, and of meningitis in babies under 3 months. Each week, one baby dies from group B Strep infection. Each fortnight, one survivor is left with long-term mental or physical disability.
Join the campaign next month – pregnant or know someone who is? Make a pledge to tell as many people as you know about group B Strep and help them be #GBSaware. Thought about fundraising but never have, or perhaps you are a dab-hand at it, join in our fundraising activities this July. No matter how big or small your contribution, you can make a difference.
We’d love your help and we NEED your support. #GBSaware #InformedChoice #GBSsupport
- Invite your friends over for dinner via Dinner4Good – everyone benefits, you have a great time and raise some money too!
- Donate as you shop – support Group B Strep Support for free when you shop at over 4,000 of your favourite stores using Give as You Live.
- Organise your own July Awareness charity event – coffee morning, bake sales and dress-down days, a bingo night or a football or sports-themed match. Send us a picture of your fundraiser for our July Awareness Month album.
If you’ve set up your own event, please register it with us so we can give you all the support we can. You can register your event with us by clicking here.
If you’d like to set up a Fundraising page on JustGiving, go to JustGiving page and select the orange Fundraise button (top-right). From here, you can choose the type of event, and as you move from one completed screen to another, you get more options, including naming your page, adding detail and text-to-donate codes.
Group B Strep Support Materials
We like to show our appreciation where we can, so we offer one of our fabulous T-shirts to each fundraiser who pledges to raise £100 for the charity. You can also order t-shirts from our online shop.To help ensure your event is a success, we can send you some of our fundraising materials, including: GBSS Balloons, GBSS Stickers, GBSS Collecting can, GBSS Collecting bucket, GBSS Tabard, GBSS Posters, GBSS Postcards, GBSS Leaflets.
Buy one of our Bee Badges (as in bee #GBSaware) and send us a picture of yourself, family or friends wearing it during July. We will add it to the Group B Strep July Awareness Month album
British 10K London – 12th July 2015 Walk, jog or run with our CE, Jane Plumb MBE, in this year’s British 2015 10k charity run on 12th July, around some of London’s best known landmarks. We have 18 guaranteed spaces. Or donate to the GBSS team fundraising page. Contact Jane Grout.
Big Fun Run – 5k events around the UK during 2015 We are pleased to be working again with the Big Fun Run during 2015. Their 5k runs are staged in scenic parks around the country and are suitable for all ages, all abilities and the experienced runners too!
The Great South Run – Southsea, Portsmouth 25th October 2015 The charity has only 3 guaranteed places for anyone wanting to take on the challenge. The 10 mile route takes in the iconic sites of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard including Portsmouth Cathedral, Spinnaker Tower and the HMS Victory- which has played host to the Band of HM Royal Marines, who often perform for passing runners at the iconic site. Contact Jane Grout