*photograph courtesy of Barker Evans
The award adds to the OBE Joanna was awarded in 1996.
Joanna has worked with us to promote our work and raise awareness of the disease and its after-effects for many years. She was invited to become a Celebrity Patron in 2009, since when, as well as being a regular speaker at our annual London Christmas Concert, she has donated signed books to raise money for us and attended events.
She knows first-hand about meningitis. Her youngest child Antonia contracted viral meningitis at the age of 7 over 40 years ago, thankfully going on to make a good recovery. Joanna, who is now a grandmother, knows many other people are not so lucky.
Aware of symptoms
She said, “I know from personal experience that meningitis, in its early stages, can easily be mistaken for a cold and, without prompt action, can lead to serious after-effects and complications. People must be aware of the symptoms and know that Meningitis Now is here to help.”
Our chief executive Tom Nutt said, “I’m sure everyone in the wider Meningitis Now family will join me in congratulating Joanna on this award. We are grateful for everything she does to support us and the people we help.”
Joanna Trollope is the author of 18 novels, including The Rector’s Wife, Marrying the Mistress and Daughters in Law. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia’s Daughters, and 10 historical novels under the pseudonym of Caroline Harvey.
She was appointed a Trustee of the National Literacy Trust in 2012 as well as a Trustee of the Royal Literary Fund and has chaired the Whitbread and Orange Awards, as well as being a judge of many other literature prizes.
In 2014, she updated Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility as the opening novel in the Austen Project.