Jacob and Summer tie the knot

27th May 2022

When English poet Lady Mary Montgomerie Currie, aka Violet Fane, coined the phrase ‘All things come to those who wait’ in her poem Tout vient a qui sait attendre, she could have had the now-named Jacob and Summer Gray in mind

Former Meningitis Now director Mark attends Jacob and Summer wedding

Some two years after their intended wedding day, these two wonderful people tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony held in Lancashire last weekend – 21 May 2022.

Jacob will, of course, be known to many of you, but for those who don’t know him, he is an ex-Young Ambassador and now a Community Ambassador for Meningitis Now, having lost both his legs to meningitis in 2015 (find out more here).

An inspirational young man

I first met Jacob and his then girlfriend Summer in 2015, when they agreed to help the charity educate other young people about the perils of this dreadful and life-threatening disease. 

Jacob featured in the charity’s campaign materials, some of which were designed by Summer, a budding graphic designer at the time. He went on to play a critical part in raising awareness of meningitis, undertaking many press, TV and radio interviews. 

This inspirational young man also featured in the charity’s award-winning garden at the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show, along with four other young people – all of whom had suffered at the hands of this disease. 

Taking the form of five wooden statues, the garden and their stories won the hearts of visitors and picked up the People’s Choice Award along with a Silver Gilt medal. The statues can be seen in our Remembrance Garden in Stroud

Seven years, Covid and two dates

Seven years on and the second time of trying, thanks to Covid, the couple are married in what was an intimate and very personal ceremony amongst family and friends, who included the lovely Rosie Heaton and Charlotte Hannibal – close colleagues and friends of Jacob both today and during their time as fellow Young Ambassadors.

Former Meningitis Now director Mark attends Jacob and Summer wedding

Having worked closely with Jacob, I know all too well his tough demeanour and matter-of-fact attitude to life, so it was lovely to see a softer Jacob, a more romantic Jacob and a young man clearly in love with his life partner, Summer.

The Violet Fane poem goes on to say, ‘...those who have the strength to watch and wait, our longings spur the steeds of Fate’.

How very apt.

Mark Hunt is a former Communications Director at Meningitis Now.