Medikidz Explains Encephalitis

by the-encephalitis-society in Malton

We did it
On 9th March 2015 we successfully raised £6,476 with 72 supporters in 42 days

To provide an educational and engaging Marvel comic book targeted at older children & young people; using a range of inspiring super heroes.

by the-encephalitis-society in Malton

New stretch target

Huge thanks to everyone who has pledged to the 'Medikidz explains Encephalitis' project! You have been absolutely amazing! Now is the time to keep pushing, sharing and doing what you are doing! 

The entire Medikidz project costs £21,000 to put together and so far, with your generosity and with a grant from The Cloth Workers’ Foundation we have raised over £15,000 of this total.

We are relying on grant organisations to donate the remaining £6,000, however there are no guarantees. 

If you were thinking about donating, you still can! All donations will move us closer to our overall target, ensuring we can reach those children and young people affected by Encephalitis, who need us the most.  

Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain. It has a mortality rate of up to 30% and many survivors are left with a permanent disability as a result of brain injury. Each year we estimate 6,000 people contract the condition in the UK, with hundreds of thousands more cases reported worldwide, yet there is still only limited awareness about it.

Children and young people, either with their own Encephalitis or dealing with a sibling or parent affected by the condition, have particular support needs which are not currently being met.  

They have to deal with the challenge of a serious medical condition and the resulting disabilities: whilst simultaneously attempting to deal with the struggles and pressures of everyday life. 

The Encephalitis Society is therefore partnering with highly regarded children’s comic book writers Medikidz to add a new title “Medikidz Explain Encephalitis” aimed at children aged 8-15 . With just a few clicks you can have a direct impact on the lives of thousands of young people all over the world. Demand is rapidly growing from this age group, and your support would significantly help us meet young people's needs.

The Medikidz are a gang of 5 energetic, larger-than-life superheroes on a mission to help children and young people understand illness and medical concepts.  Chi, Pump, Skinderella, Axon and Gastro take children on a journey through Mediland – an outer space planet shaped just like the human body – to explain the diagnosis, investigation treatment and prevention of different medical conditions.

Comics are proven to be a highly engaging tool when targeting this hard to reach age group.  Medikidz storylines are written specifically by doctors to engage, educate and empower young people: they speak to them at their level, in their language to increase understanding and alleviate fear.

We’ve put together some amazing pledges, with something for everyone. If you look to the right hand side of your screen you will see the pledges available. There are a limited number of each type of pledge and they are available on a first come, first served basis.

We are asking you to be as generous as you possibly can; if we don’t meet our target then we don’t receive a penny!

Here is a sneak peak of what the final product could look like with your help...


Thank you for taking the time to watch this video and thank you for your pledges.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Your name will appear on the crowdfunder support page for Medikidz Explains Encephalitis.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A thank you on The Encephalitis Society website, Facebook and Twitter.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A thank you on The Encephalitis Society website, Facebook and Twitter PLUS a copy of our Medikidz Comic.

£75 or more

£75 Reward

A thank you on The Encephalitis Society website, Facebook and Twitter, a copy of the Medikidz Comic PLUS an Encephalitis Society merchandise bundle worth £50. This will include all our Encephalitis and Children information and Giley the Giraffe materials.

£150 or more

£150 Reward

A thank you on The Encephalitis Society website, Facebook and Twitter, a copy of the Medikidz Comic, an Encephalitis Society merchandise bundle, PLUS an acknowledgement printed in the Medikidz Comic.

£350 or more

3 of 4 claimed

£350 Reward

A thank you on The Encephalitis Society website, Facebook and Twitter, a copy of the Medikidz Comic Book, a written acknowledgement in the Medikidz Comic, an Encephalitis Society merchandise bundle PLUS a place at our Family Weekend 2015 for 2 adults and up to 3 children. If you are not affected by Encephalitis your donation will allow a family to attend our Family Weekend who would not have been able to go without your support.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Corporate Package: Written acknowledgment in the Medikidz Comic and advertising at the launch of Medikidz. 2 VIP tickets to our 21st Birthday Ball in November, including an overnight stay at a 4* London Hotel for 2 people.

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