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AN Atherton-based MP has pledged to help fight back against a terrifying disease by becoming a Meningitis Champion.

MP for Bolton West Julie Hilling was among a star-studded panel of celebrities, including Lisa Snowdon, Ian Rush MBE, Joanna Trollope and Ken Loach, at the House of Commons who signed up to the Meningitis Changes Futures campaign being run by the Meningitis Trust.

The campaign, launched last year, aims to highlight the true impact of meningitis and create positive change for victims and their loved ones.

Representatives from the charity, accompanied by meningitis victims and health and teaching professionals, presented a petition to Downing Street earlier this year, and has been lobbying MPs to help raise awareness by becoming meningitis champions, an invitation Ms Hilling said she was pleased to accept.

She said: “Meningitis is a devastating disease. I was shocked to learn that around 500,000 people living in the UK have had meningitis and more than a third of children who survive it are left with after-effects.

“This really is a disease that needs more attention.”

Research conducted by the Meningitis Trust has shown that more than a third of victims of bacterial meningitis are left with after-effects from the disease.

To find out more, visit www.meningitis-trust.org/