Andy F's story

1st January 2007

Life for the Friedli family changed dramatically in 2007 when dad, Andy, contracted viral meningitis. The pain and trauma was felt by the whole family – especially daughter Nicola, three, who was frightened her daddy may die

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Andy struggled to come to terms with his after-effects, including lack of concentration, memory and hearing problems – he didn’t even realise he had a daughter.

Nicola has had art therapy to help her work through her emotions, Andy had had a financial grant for his hearing aids and the family have also benefitted from our counselling service.

Andy’s wife Rachel is so grateful for our help that she is now a Community Volunteer Co-ordinator for Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties to help raise our profile and awareness.


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