But, before heading off on your holidays with family and friends to celebrate the festive season, please take a moment to remember those for which Christmas is a painful reminder of the devastating changes meningitis has inflicted upon their lives.
For bereaved families, this time of year can bring back memories of loved ones lost, or, for those suffering life-changing after-effects, it can be a reminder of a life before meningitis took the things they once took for granted.
You can help us help them
Help us bring a touch of joy over the Christmas period to the thousands of families affected by this devistating disease every year by donating £3 to Meningitis Now.
Every penny raised will help us support those living with the devastating effects of meningitis for as long as they need us, as well as funding lifesaving research and awareness to ensure a future where no one in the UK dies from meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives.
To donate, simply text MNOW to 70007.