James Duff, 44, from Glasgow, has taken on the prestigious voluntary role with us following his own family’s tragedy with the disease.
James lost his one-year-old nephew Kristopher to the disease in 1997.
Following this, he became a dedicated volunteer and fundraiser for us, raising £10,000 towards our lifesaving and life-changing work across Scotland through balls and sponsored events.
Marathons and kiltwalk
He is now also planning to take on a series of marathons to support our research, awareness and support work with those fighting back from the disease. Alongside our other Scottish Ambassadors, and a team of 50 plus people, he will also be taking on this year’s Edinburgh Kiltwalk.
“It’s a cause close to my heart” James said. “My family knows only too well the effects meningitis can have - it was many years ago now that my sister lost her wee boy Kristopher, to meningitis.
“Although it was a long time ago, you never get over something like that.”
James will become one of just 30 Community Ambassadors across the UK for us.
No one need face meningitis alone
“I’m delighted to have this opportunity to give even more back to Meningitis Now and make a difference with their work in my local community”, James said. “With their support no-one in Scotland will have to face meningitis alone."
“I don’t want other local families to go through what mine has. It’s vital that everybody recognises the signs and symptoms and knows what action to take if they suspect meningitis.
“This role will be a challenge but I’m determined to make a difference."
“I’m proud and privileged to be involved with this amazing charity and its ongoing work.”
Jean Lawton, our Head of Volunteering, said, “We’re thrilled that James will be the face of our charity in his local community. With his support, enthusiasm and hard work we’ll be able to achieve so much more in our fight against meningitis.”