Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

£18,000 to help fight meningitis in memory of Harry

Andy Hopkinson | 29th September 2022

We were delighted to welcome Ben Williams, from John F Hunt Regeneration, to our offices the other day – and not just because of the big, big cheque he presented towards our ongoing work during his visit

£18,000 to help fight meningitis in memory of Harry

It’s always a pleasure to welcome supporters, to hear their stories and to be able to explain how we’re fighting back against meningitis and making a difference every day to those affected by this devastating disease.

Ben, who sadly lost his 8-year-old son Harry to pneumococcal meningitis in 2015, has been supporting us since then with a Forever Fund in his memory. During his recent visit he presented us with a cheque for £18,000, raised at a golf day.

Fantastic work

Ben told us: “It was a pleasure to be able to meet with Steve (our founder Steve Dayman), Tom (Tom Nutt our chief executive) and Laura (Laura Williams, our Partnerships Officer) on my recent visit to Meningitis Now’s Head Office HQ and hear about the fantastic work the charity is doing.  

“I am always humbled by the generosity of our friends, colleagues, clients and supply chain who enable our business to continue to support Meningitis Now.  

“After the loss of my son in 2015, to pneumococcal meningitis, my family benefitted from the support of Meningitis Now.

Continuing support

“Therefore, I have seen the invaluable work the charity does by helping not only those who manage to survive meningitis but also by providing support to people in their darkest days after bereavement.  

“We look forward to continuing to support Meningitis Now with our fundraising and awareness promotion.”

Laura added: “We’d like to thank Ben for taking the time and trouble to come and see us and for everything he and his family, friends and colleagues are doing to help us with our lifesaving and life-changing work.

“Support liker this moves us ever closer to our goal of defeating meningitis within the UK within a generation.”

 As well as talking with our team Ben was shown around our memorial garden. A special peg in memory of Harry will shortly be placed in the garden.

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