Survivor says thank you with musical fundraiser

10th February 2016

A musical evening at a local pub has raised money for a young meningitis survivor from Nottingham as she fights back from the disease, and our ongoing research, awareness and support work

Charlotte letterbox

Student Charlotte Hannibal, 19, of Selston in Nottinghamshire had both legs amputated below the knee and lost all the fingers on her left hand when she contracted the disease last year. 

Charlotte’s friend William Fowkes and landlord and landlady Ian and Annette Edwards from the Queens Head at Riddings, in Alfreton, Derbyshire organised a live concert to raise funds for us, as well as towards the prosthetic limbs she’ll need in the future.

“Lots of locals, family and friends attended the evening - so many that the pub was filled with people standing shoulder to shoulder.”

Charlotte Hannibal

The evening raised £200 for us and a similar sum for Charlotte’s prosthetic fund for later on in her life when specialised legs will be required.

People have been so generous

“I’m so pleased that we can raise awareness of meningitis. The money is a fantastic thing and people have been so generous, but prevention is always the best cure for an illness like this."

“I’d like to thank everybody who helped me with the event, particularly the musicians Billy Blue, John O'Brien, Eloise Walker and Blue Savannah, and all those who came along on the evening.”

Charlotte Hannibal

Charlotte had just returned to university when she contracted meningococcal group W (Men W) meningitis.

She thought she had the flu when she began to experience a variety of symptoms, including feeling cold, shivering, a sore throat and a bloating feeling in her stomach. 

Charlotte spent 17 days in an induced coma and awoke unable to remember what had happened to her. 

Left with after-effects

Although Charlotte has now recovered from meningitis, she has been left with a number of after-effects, which have changed her life dramatically.

“I was left with severe memory loss – I couldn’t remember being ill at all. My hearing was also damaged. I had both legs amputated below the knee and lost all my fingers on my left hand.”

“Due to severe scarring, my kidneys no longer work at the necessary rate, so I will be on dialysis every night until a kidney transplant can be achieved. Whilst I still have to attend multiple rehabilitation appointments, and spend four days a week in hospital, I’m very grateful to be alive and well.”

Charlotte Hannibal

“We’d like to thank Charlotte and William for their wonderful fundraising efforts. We rely on the energy, enthusiasm and initiative of her and those like her to raise the funds we need each and every day to continue our vital research, awareness and support work."

“Events like this make a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.” 

Lucie Riches, East Midlands Regional Support Officer

Read more about Charlotte's story here