Jonathan’s film is an award winner

21st April 2015

One of our supporters has won an international award for a project which tells the story of his efforts to cope with the effects of meningitis

Jonathan  Brough
Fulfilling his dream

Jonathan Brough, of Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire, was given an Award of Merit in the Best Shorts Film category of the St Albans Film Festival for his 16-minute film ‘Perseverance Beyond Doubt’.

The inspirational story tells of his own strength and determination to overcome life’s challenges, charting his journey after contracting meningitis and the subsequent triumphs and successes he has achieved. Jonathan said: “It was a privilege for my film to have been chosen for consideration let alone to win an award.

“I want my story to show how it’s not the disability that defines you but who you are and the way you approach life. My films are a message of positivity and hope which proves how disability doesn’t have to be limited by what we think we can or cannot do.”

Jonathan, now 27, was in Canada training to be a ski instructor when he was diagnosed with meningitis. Subsequent complications left him paralysed from the neck down.

But despite his disability, and the fact he requires round the clock care, he fulfilled his dream of pursuing his studies and last year achieved a first in BA (hons) Media Arts at Plymouth University.

A second film, Keep Fighting (Meningitis & Me), won an Award of Merit in the 2014 Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival.

The awards aim to recognise film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change.

  • Meningitis Now - Glass test for rash

    Don't Google a rash

    Following potentially fatal advice given by Jeremy Hunt this weekend we are urging parents to seek medical advice if they are concerned about a rash

  • Our meningitis story

    Wall of achievement, inspiration and hope

    We’re celebrating thirty amazing years of the meningitis movement in the UK this year by asking you, our supporters, to help highlight the achievements and inspiration of the past three decades on an online photo-wall hosted on our website

  • Meningitis Now fundraising event - London 10,000

    London 10,000 top 10

    This year we have been lucky enough to secure FREE places to the iconic London 10,000 for anyone wishing to run for us

  • Meningitis Now Chelsea Garden statues scan - meningitis survivors

    Meningitis survivors take centre stage in Chelsea Garden

    Four young meningitis survivors will take centre stage in our 30th anniversary garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show