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False Widow Spider Bite leads to Meningitis

Man contracts viral meningitis after receiving a False Widow spider bite

Would you like to share your animal-related story in the media? Whether it’s a False Widow spider bite or a dancing dog, we want to hear from you.

This week, Talk to the Press help dad of three share his story in the press after he contracted MENINGITIS from a False Widow spider bite in his kitchen. The bite from the UK’s most feared and venomous spider left him hospitalised and fighting for his life.

If you have a story to sell, simply fill out the form on this page, or call us on our story hotline number above.



False Widow spider bite left me in hospital fighting Meningitis!

Last week, we helped dad-of-three David Garstang, 29, share his story in the press after he suffered from a False Widow spider bite in his kitchen – and caught meningitis as a result.

David, who works in recruitment, reached out to us after the bite saw his foot ‘double in size’ and left him hospitalised and afraid for his life.

Incredibly, the dad pulled through, and we placed his tale in the Daily Star on Sunday – just in time to warn others to watch out for the eight-legged creatures this autumn.

David was thrilled with the coverage and fee he received for his story – and was happy to take something positive from his ordeal.


If you’ve got a creepy creature story like David’s, get in touch!

Perhaps you’ve been attacked or injured because of an animal or insect, or maybe you’ve got a crazy pet. Give us a shout as we can help you get your story out there – newspapers and mags love stories which involve animals.

foot-10-septemberJust use the story valuation form on this page, email message@talktothepress.com or call 0207 549 5428.

You’ll get through to one of our lovely journalists who can explain the process and take down some details.

Like David, you’ll need to be willing to be named and pictured for the story and, ideally, you’ll have a selection of photos to document what happened.

Once we have everything needed to pitch your story, we can approach our contacts on the newspapers and magazines to secure you an offer.

foot-7-septemberWe’re here to act on your behalf and make sure you receive maximum coverage and generous fees for your time, so will approach our contacts independently and negotiate to ensure you’re 100% happy with the money offered.

From there, we will write the copy ourselves and read it back to you – which gives you control over the way the story is told. Our job is to make sure you’re happy with the story before it’s published.

You’ll be paid on publication – and then we’ll aim to secure you another two deals to maximise your fee.

So get in touch for your free story valuation now.


More information about selling a story to the press

Talk to the Press provides a free service to help people navigate the press and get the most money for their story. If you would like more information on how to sell a story to the media, read our Sell My Story – How it Works page.

If you would like to see some recent stories we’ve helped place in the national press, and our latest news, check out some of them below…

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Featured image: Ian Burt False Widow Spider – Steatoda nobilis

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