Fundraising: Meningitis Trust gets Radio 4 appeal slot for first time

The Meningitis Trust will benefit from the weekly BBC Radio 4 appeal for the first time on Easter Sunday.

The trust applied to the station a year ago and had its application accepted last September. The three-minute appeal will be delivered by 21-year-old Aaron Phipps, who contracted meningococcal septicaemia at 15 and had to learn to walk with prosthetic limbs after both legs were amputated.

Previous charity appeals on Radio 4 have raised several thousand pounds.

But a spokeswoman for the trust declined to set a total for the Easter appeal because she couldn't account for the "possible knock-on effect of the tsunami and Comic Relief".

Rather than asking for a specific donation, the appeal says that £10 will pay for 1,000 symptoms cards for people to carry in their wallets.

It will be broadcast twice on 27 March and repeated on 31 March.

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