Meningitis survivors take centre stage in Chelsea Garden

29th January 2016

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

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Jacob Gray, 24, from Poulton le Fylde, Lancashire; Lauren Booth, 14, from Chippenham, Wiltshire; Louise Greer, 18, a student at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire and originally from Coleraine in Northern Ireland; and Liam Doyle, 5, from Solihull in the West Midlands, have been selected to feature in the garden.

You can read more on their individual stories by clicking on the links below.

They have all recently been 3D scanned at a specialist studio in the West Midlands and these images will be turned into a laminated Canadian cedar wood sculpture by award-winning designer John Everiss in the ‘Believe and Achieve’ garden he is creating for us. 

Thrill to be selected

“It’s a real thrill to be selected as a model for this garden. I can’t wait to see the final sculptures and how they fit into the overall garden design.”

Jacob Gray

The Cotswold-country garden, to reflect the charity’s Gloucestershire-based roots, is being designed by Chelsea gold-medal winning designer and landscaper John Everiss. 

“The sculptures will travel across the garden, depicting lives changed and a life different to the one expected."

“They will celebrate the courage, determination and positive outlook of these young people who have faced up to and overcome the consequences of this devastating disease."

“It was a pleasure to meet these inspirational young people and I look forward to working with them to develop our vision for this garden.”

John Everiss

Our Chelsea garden is just one in a range of exciting events and activities we have planned to mark our 30th anniversary this year and help achieve even greater awareness of meningitis and funds for our ongoing research, awareness and support activities.

Keep an eye on our social network sites and here online for more information.