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22 February 2023

Club News


22 February 2023

Huddersfield Town raise awareness for Encephalitis alongside leading worldwide charity

- Today is World Encephalitis Day
- Awareness day designed to ‘help save lives and built better futures’
- Huddersfield Town to help raise funds and awareness

Today is World Encephalitis Day, a global awareness day for people who have been directly or indirectly affected by encephalitis. Now in its tenth year, close to 300 million people have been reached through media features, events and social media.

In September 2022 we lost our colleague Eleanor Haigh after a short battle with encephalitis, and we would like to make our supporters – and beyond – aware of the illness, its dangers and how to be proactive in fighting against it.

An inflammation of the brain caused by either an infection or the immune system attacking the brain, it can have a high death rate and survivors may be left with an acquired injury and life-changing consequences.

In some cases, encephalitis can impact mental health, causing difficult to deal with emotions and behaviours and can lead to thoughts of self-harm. Anyone can be affected by it, irrespective of age, gender and ethnicity. Early diagnosis and treatment can save lives and improve outcomes.

To find out more about encephalitis, please CLICK HERE.

In memory of Eleanor, a number of our colleagues both past and present will be raising funds for The Encephalitis Society later this year as they complete the Yorkshire leg of Tough Mudder in July 2023. Having already raised over £1,000 for the cause, on their fundraising page the group state:

“In our group of friends, encephalitis was not something we had heard of and we want this to change to help as many people as we can.

“We will therefore be taking on the Yorkshire 10km Tough Mudder to help the Encephalitis Society in their mission to increase global awareness of encephalitis, saving lives and building better futures.

“Worldwide, a person is diagnosed with encephalitis every minute. Caused by infection or by autoimmune diseases, encephalitis strikes children and adults alike with no respect for gender or ethnicity. It is an acutely serious condition with high mortality rates, leaving many who survive with an acquired brain injury which will affect their memory, thinking and personality for the rest of their lives.

“Tough Mudder is more than just an obstacle course, built on a foundation of teamwork and overcoming obstacles. We will be taking on the challenge as a group, for El.”

If you are able to, you can donate via THIS LINK.

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