Macey the Meningitis Now WAG mascot Image: Meningitis Now

Dogs and their owners are taking the lead to help fight meningitis

The charity Meningitis Now has launched its new pooch-friendly fundraiser WAG for Meningitis. Four-legged friends can Walk and Give (WAG) for the charity anytime, anywhere.

WAG for Meningitis could be a sponsored walk every day for 30 days, getting involved on doggy challenges or a few canine capers.

Charity Meningitis Now has launched Wag for Meningitis. Image shows fundraisers Leah Wynn and Sophia Lanciano Picture: Meningitis Now

Meningitis Now Community Fundraiser Leah Wynn said:

“Walking your pup is already part of most dog-owners’ day, so this is an excellent way to raise money for a great cause at the same time.

“If you can’t commit to doing 30 walks there are plenty of other ways you can join in – from baking doggy treats and setting up your own “barkery”, to throwing a puppy party for your dog’s canine pals.”

Paw-ticipation certificates for each dog taking part

Participants just need to decide how to get involved, help their dog set up their JustGiving page, and guarantee raising a minimum of £30. Every dog that completes the challenge will be awarded their very own certificate of paw-ticipation. Leah said:

“Just remember that every penny raised will be put towards fighting meningitis and supporting all of those who have been impacted by this terrible disease.”

To make sure your four-legged friend looks the part, you can also kit them out with a Meningitis Now branded bandana in the charity’s trademark bright orange.

Macey is the campaign’s mascot

WAG was partly inspired by five-year-old lurcher Macey, who became the campaign’s mascot after herself fighting off meningitis. Rescue-dog Macey will be following the progress of the WAG walkers from her newly found forever home in Shropshire.

Meningitis Now is working towards a future where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need.

It does this by funding research into vaccines and prevention, raising awareness so people know what to look for and what action to take if they suspect meningitis and rebuilding futures by providing dedicated support to people living with the impact of the disease.

For more information and to donate visit www.MeningitisNow.org