Support for tot surviving meningitis

17th November 2015

Mum, Lisa Zsentko, has issued a crowdfunding plea to help fund life-changing sensory equipment for her four-year-old son

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The brave mum is asking the local community to pull together to help fund special sensory equipment for her son Stone, who was left with severe brain damage, mobility issues and blindness after he contracted pneumococcal meningitis at just 17 months old.

We have funded £4,000 towards the equipment, which costs a total of more than £6,500, to help Stone develop his responses, aid movement stimulation and help keep him calm.

“The pain we went through as a family when Stone contracted meningitis was unimaginable. Then to find out he would be left with such complex after-effects was devastating - it has changed all our lives dramatically."

“The sensory floor will make a huge difference. Meningitis Now has supported us since Stone contracted the disease and awarded us with a generous financial grant towards the equipment. We have pulled together as a family and raised nearly £1,400 but we are still falling short of the total cost."

“We have received help to apply for alternative funding and I really hope the local community can pull together to help make up the difference and enable us to provide Stone with the equipment he needs to develop and lead a normal life .”

Lisa Zsentko

The equipment will progress Stone’s development, improving his movement and coordination and response to visual prompts. 

“Having this equipment at home will benefit Stone so much – the impact meningitis has had on his life is devastating. He’s already been through so much in his short life. I’m really excited to see the equipment and Stone’s reaction once it arrives."

“The financial grants we provide make such a big difference to families helping to relieve some of the financial pressures the disease can cause. I’m so pleased we have been able to help fund this for Stone and I really hope the community can pull together to get us over the final hurdle."

“The response we have already had has been incredible and the family has been touched by the support from local people.” 

Lucie Riches, Community Support Officer 

If you would like to make a donation, please visit the family’s Just Giving page at

Meningitis Now awards more than £250,000 every year to those affected by meningitis. Grants help to reduce the financial pressures faced following the disease. Funding helps families with a variety of needs, such as specialist equipment, therapy, travel and accommodation for hospital visits, training, funeral and headstone expenses, and rehabilitation.

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The financial impacts of meningitis

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