Please support us so we can continue our vital work. Every year, we talk to hundreds of families affected by group B Strep: on our phone helpline, on social media, in our online forums and by email. Help us continue this vital work, raising awareness and supporting those affected, by making a donation. Text GBSS02 £5 (or any other amount) to 70070 or find out other ways to donate here. You can even donate while you’re shopping through Give as you Live for free at over 4,000 stores of your favourite retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay, M&S, Argos, and more. Click here to go back to Group B Strep Awareness Month page
This July is an extra special time for us – it’s our 20th birthday! We are asking supporters everywhere to join in our birthday celebrations and host their own Big GBSS Bake Sale during the month of July. We’re hosting our own on Friday, 1st July and we’d love to welcome you to join the fun! Request your own Big GBSS Bake Sale Fundraising Pack here. Click here to go back to Group B Strep Awareness Month page
I’m sorry to tell you that Andrew Harding was taken seriously ill on his PCT hike. Luckily a hiker found him & called US emergency services, who airlifted him to hospital – he was in a very bad way. After comprehensive tests, he has now been discharged and will be flying back to the UK for further investigations & to complete his recovery. We have been in touch with Andrew, especially to see how we can help. We will update you by email and on Andrew's Justgiving page when we can. Thanks you so much for your support and I know you join me in wishing Andrew a super-speedy and complete recovery. Best wishes, Jane Plumb MBE Chief Executive, Group B [...]
As I make my final preparations, I spot an article in the East Anglian Daily Times - here I am pictured with the charity' chief executive, Jane Plumb. It feels good to be raising vital awareness of group B Strep as well as funds for the charity. To read the article, click here. Please visit my justgiving page
We're delighted to launch our brand new online Group B Strep Book of Experience. This is a place for families to share their personal stories of group B Strep, and how it's affected them. Mum Charlotte, has shared her family's story: "My son, Adam, was infected with early onset Group B Strep Meningitis in 2011. At 16 hours old his breathing was laboured, he was grunting, not feeding and wouldn’t stop crying. He spent three weeks in NICU on life support, in an induced coma and on everything from brain monitors to heart monitors. Nobody expected him to live but thankfully, Adam was a fighter." To read more of Adam's story, click here. Click here to share your story [...]
Our Chief Executive, Jane Plumb MBE was invited to attend a GBS meeting on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 at ECCMID (European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases). Jane said: “It was great to be surrounded by people who recognise the importance of testing pregnant women for group B Strep. I outlined the UK’s position and then was asked to explain it – a challenge when the UK's current strategy is illogical and not protecting as many babies as it could be.” During the meeting, data were presented from a study by Björklund et al about replacing a risk-based group B Strep prevention strategy with intrapartum testing for group B Strep in Finland. Early data were also presented from studies expected to be published [...]
It is now just under three weeks until I set foot on the trail. To make it all simple and legal as I pass through various State and National Parks, I have my PCT Through Hike Permit!! This is a fantastic, and free, document that saves applying for camping and entry into and through the various parks on my journey north. It is issued part as convenience for the through hiker, and part as an attempt to measure 'foot fall' and harm to nature. The fire permit is an online test, not very hard it has to be said, that allows me to heat up food in Californian State parks. Forest fire is a huge peril, and, again, [...]
We're delighted to say that CoMO has a new member. We at GBSS are thrilled to become a member of this organisation, and work together to reduce the incidence and impact of meningitis worldwide. CoMO brings together patient groups, health professionals and organisations, survivors and families from more than 25 countries. It helps to prevent meningitis through: Raising public awareness through education Advocating for vaccines to be available to families worldwide Connecting and resourcing a strong global network of members who make sure their communities have access to information and support We at GBSS are pleased to join forces with other organisations in the worldwide fight against meningitis. Read more about CoMO here
Group B Strep can be difficult to understand & tricky to explain. This video, "Group B Strep in Pregnancy - What needs to be known" http://ow.ly/VuzoD, created by our friends at Scenes of Reason, explains the key facts you need to know about group B Strep and pregnancy. Once you've watched this Group B Strep video Please share it by email and on social media with your friends, family and colleagues and, especially, with new and expectant parents - it will help make others #GBSaware. If you don't tell them, who will? For further information about group B Strep, including a summary of UK guidelines, click here.
20 years ago today, Theo Plumb was born. His death 17 hours later from #groupBStrep infection led to his parents, Jane & Robert, founding this charity, Group B Strep Support. We remember him today. During the last 20 years, we have raised so much awareness of group B Strep, campaigned for improvements to the UK's GBS prevention strategies, educated thousands of health professionals and spoken with thousands of families. Please make a donation today so we can continue our work for at least the next 20 years.