Youngsters take on lifesaving role

5th July 2015

Five young volunteers have taken on a lifesaving Young Ambassador role for Meningitis Now

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The five new recruits have joined us in our fight to combat this brutal disease. Each has their own reasons for supporting the charity, from suffering from the disease first-hand or its effect on a loved one.

As a Young Ambassador, they will fundraise, raise awareness and provide support to people in their community alongside Meningitis Now.

“We’re thrilled that these five inspirational young people have joined us to become a face of the charity in their area. Their contribution to the charity is commendable; helping us spread awareness and raise vital funds towards eradicating meningitis in the UK.”

“Through their support, enthusiasm and hard work, we can achieve great things and together we can beat this disease.”

Sue Davie, Chief Executive

Meet our new Young Ambassadors!

Jacob Gray, 23, of Poulton Le Fylde, Lancashire

Jacob contracted meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia aged 21. He was given a 10% chance of survival and the impact meningitis has had on his life is enormous after having both legs amputated below the knee. In his new role, Jacob aspires to bring hope to those suffering the disease.

Read more about Jacob here

Louise Greer, 18, of County Londonderry

Louise has taken on her volunteering role after contracting meningitis when she was just a baby, aged just two and a half. Being so young, Louise’s memory of this period in her life is hazy but has changed her forever. Louise had both legs amputated through the knee, along with part of her left arm and parts of her fingers on her right hand. She looks forward to raising awareness across all age groups to help fight the disease and save lives.

Read more about Louise here

Callum Jones, 16, of Brackley 

Callum became a Young Ambassador after his younger sister, Erin, contracted bacterial meningitis aged eight. The full effects of meningitis are still felt by Callum and his family as Erin has suffered from an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). 

Read more about Callum here

Enya Boyce, 21, of County Armagh

Enya has become a Meningitis Now Young Ambassador after contracting viral meningitis in 2006. The disease completely changed her life and after a long recovery, she is eager to become a role model for all those who have suffered. She has proved that the fight against meningitis can be won. 

Read more about Enya here

Jemma Farrow, 25, of Reading

Jemma first contracted pneumococcal meningitis at four months old and again aged 13 and 25. Jemma was diagnosed with profound deafness and she was registered partially sighted with cerebral palsy. She spent six years in a wheelchair and learned to walk over years of physio. Her determination and will to succeed is incredible and will be an asset to her role as a Young Ambassador.

Read more about Jemma here

We currently have 34 young ambassadors across the UK, acting as community mouthpieces, aiding the charity’s cause. They each have their own meningitis stories to tell but all share the same passion and commitment to supporting those affected by the disease.