Project Description

Rosie Heaton

Age 17, Lancashire

My social action journey started as a Brownie, and I’ve been a huge supporter of Girlguiding ever since. I went on to be a Guide, and although I’m now busy with college and a part-time job, I still find time to be a Young Leader for the 3rd Boothstown Brownie Pack.

I’m also a volunteer and Young Ambassador for the charity Meningitis Now. It’s a cause close to my heart – I suffered from meningitis as a child, and tragically in 2012 I lost my best friend Alex to the complications following meningitis. Ever since, I’ve been determined to help others who suffer from the illness and its long-term complications, as well as those close to them. I’ve organised Elvis Nights, zip wires at the Imperial War Museum, craft nights and much more, raising £6,000 in two years, and I’m often on social media and talking to the press to raise the profile of Meningitis Now. I recently received a grant to set up Project Sunshine, where shoeboxes are filled with small gifts for children and their parents and carers suffering from the effects of meningitis.