Beauty therapist on the road to success

2nd May 2017

We’ve joined forces with Attleborough Lions Club in Norfolk to help a young woman get her life back on track following the devastation of viral meningitis

Amanda Buckland

Amanda Buckland has been helped to set up as an independent beauty therapist.

The 34-year-old’s life had been on hold since she first contracted Mollaret’s meningitis – a recurring viral form of the disease - in December 2012. Her illness began with excruciating headaches and days later Amanda woke up in hospital, blind and confused. Fortunately her sight returned after about three weeks.

Since then Amanda has had several further episodes of the disease, most recently last summer.

“I am still battling to get my life back”, she told us. “At my worst I slept all day, every day, and was virtually lifeless.”

Extreme fatigue and severe headaches

“I suffered from extreme fatigue and severe headaches, which continue to scare me, but I am not going to let this take over my life. I feel very lucky to be alive.”

Originally Amanda returned to part-time working but the recurring nature of her illness has made it difficult to hold down her job. Becoming a self-employed beauty therapist will give her the flexibility she needs to work when she can.

“I’m so grateful for the support from Meningitis Now and Attleborough Lions,” Amanda said. “It’s given me a really big boost for the future and I’m really looking forward to getting properly started in my new career.”

We’ve helped Amanda with funding for her beauty therapy course, which has seen her gain diplomas in hair cutting, nails, massage, eyelash extensions, threading, facial and skincare, make up, full body waxing and spray tanning.

Fully up and running

The local Lions group has contributed a further costs for IT equipment to enable her to get fully up and running.

Lucie Riches, our Support and Information Officer for East Anglia, said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to help Amanda forge ahead with her new career through working in close partnership with the Lions, who contribute so much to people across the country. We wish her well for the future.“

Michelle Manion, from Attleborough Lions, added: “As Amanda’s story demonstrates, we love to help others and make things happen at the heart of our local communities.”

If you’d like to book an appointment with Amanda you can contact her on

Find out more about viral meningitis and Make Viral Visible, this year’s Viral Meningitis Awareness Week.