Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Game on for Brogan's Meningitis Now fundraiser

Andy Hopkinson | 8th February 2021

It’s game on for one of our supporters when, on Friday 12 February, he’ll be taking on a marathon 24-hour gaming livestream to raise money to support our lifesaving and life-changing work

Brogan Twitch gaming fundraiser for Meningitis Now - letterbox

Brogan Williams, who turned 21 on Sunday 7 February, from Caldicot in Monmouthshire, will be taking to Twitch, the leading live streaming platform, to mark 14 years since his successful battle with meningitis.

Brogan told us: “I had meningococcal B and septicaemia. I was only 6 when I had the disease and I spent my 7th birthday fighting for my life.

“After I was given the all clear I was sent home. Luckily I’ve been fortunate enough to come through the experience on the other side with a much better outcome than most and for that I will always be grateful.

Reached out to my family

“After around a year I was still seeing psychologists and psychiatrists. Meningitis Now, then known as the Meningitis Trust, reached out to my family and helped both me and them with several events and various kinds of support that both I and them needed to get through this difficult time.

Brogan Twitch gaming fundraiser for Meningitis Now - 2011 meningitis interview for BBC with Mother

Brogan with his mother in 2011

“Although I am physically and mentally in a much better state than most have been after fighting this horrible disease I’ve never been made to feel that I haven’t been able to get the support from Meningitis Now and for that I will always be grateful.”

Brogan and his family have previously joined us on our popular Family Days and he’s also volunteered for us and supported us on social media.

An incredible difference

“Meningitis Now’s support has made an incredible difference not only for me but also my family. We needed a lot of support from the struggles that we had gone through.

“It was nice to be able to feel comfortable when talking to others about your own experience and listening to theirs.

“I’m a lot more fortunate than most and I appreciate that as well. Overall, meningitis doesn’t impact my life directly anymore and hasn’t for some time.”

To support Brogan’s efforts, you can watch him live on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/its_brogan2k on Friday 12 February. To donate please visit Brogan's GoFundMe page.