Grantham businessman raises cash for meningitis charity after grandson falls ill

Katharine Rose, Joseph (centre) and Wojciech Kierstan.
Katharine Rose, Joseph (centre) and Wojciech Kierstan.
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A Grantham businessman has raised £150 for the Meningitis Research Foundation, after his grandson contracted the disease.

Wojciech Kierstan, owner of Ovenu Grantham, raised vital funds for the charity after Joseph was diagnosed with the illness, but he is now recovering well.

In recognition of the support the Foundation gave his daughter Katharine and her husband Phil throughout their ordeal, Wojciech donated £5 from every oven he cleaned over a few months.

Wojciech, of Hazelwood Drive, said: “I feel that it is necessary to donate to this great cause as the support Meningitis Research Foundation gave to Katharine and Phil was amazing. Fortunately, Joseph is now recovering from this terrible illness and I would like to give back to the cause that has supported my family so much throughout.”

Meningitis and septicaemia are devastating diseases which kill 1,000 people around the world every day – many of them children and young adults. Survivors can be left with severe disabilities including multiple amputations.

Meningitis Research Foundation’s Chief Executive Chris Head said: “We’re so grateful to Wojciech. His family know better than anyone how important it is to be aware of the symptoms of meningitis and to act quickly and get medical help if they suspect a loved one is ill. The money he has raised through this initiative will enable us to continue our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia, as well as supporting families like his daughter Katharine when her son Joseph became ill.”

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