Alison and Alex Williams' story

12th November 2014

Alison’s eight year old son, Alex, contracted meningococcal septicaemia on her wedding day; within hours Alex had gone from feeling a little ill to being kept alive by a life support machine

Alison and Alex

Alison’s eight year old son, Alex, contracted meningococcal septicaemia on her wedding day; within hours Alex had gone from feeling a little ill to being kept alive by a life support machine. 

After a month in a coma Alex recovered but was left with severe after-effects including severe memory loss, deafness in both ears and bilateral footdrop, which means he was unable to walk.

Alex sadly passed away in 2012 after devoting his life to helping others. Alex’s achievements have been widely recognised and he won two national awards; the News of the World’s Children Champion and a BBC Radio One Teen Award.

Alex was the founder of our Young Ambassador group and he remains an inspiration to us all. The Young Ambassadors carry on his life saving awareness work, as well as raising vital funds for us - meet them here.

Alison supports Meningitis Now to help make sure that every family in the UK knows all the signs and symptoms of meningitis, so they’ll know what to do should a loved one ever be affected.