Our Team

  • Fiona Yelland

    Fiona Y

    Young ambassador

    Hi I’m Fiona. I had Meningitis when I was 15, on the 4th of October 2011; it was just a normal school day. However, that was about to change.

  • Kiera W


    Young ambassador

    Hello, my name is Kiera. Many years before I was born, my parents had their first child, Dominic. Dominic contracted meningitis B at a very young age, shortly after he won his battle with cancer.

  • Olivia Geary


    Young ambassador

    Hi I’m Livvy. My meningitis story begins with my nephew Jack, now aged 8. When Jack was two years old, he became extremely pale and weak after he had been unwell at a children’s party a few hours previous.

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    Matt W

    Young ambassador

    Hi I’m Matt. In August 2012 I became a Young Ambassador for Meningitis Now. The Young Ambassador’s role is to promote Meningitis Now to young people, and this is a huge challenge.

  • Sophie W


    Young ambassador

    Hi, I'm Isa. I’m Matt's sister and I was five years old when Hannah, my baby sister died.

  • Sophie Brzeskwinski

    Sophia B

    Young ambassador

    Hi, my name is Sophia. I am from Chiswick in London. I have been involved with Meningitis Now for some time, supporting fundraising.

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    Sophie C

    Young ambassador

    Hello I’m Sophie. When I was 12 I contracted pneumococcal meningitis after suffering from a perforated eardrum. I was hospitalised for two weeks in intensive care at the Bristol Children’s Hospital, where I was fortunate enough to make a full recovery

  • Mollie Gobey

    Mollie G

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I’m Mollie. I have a very close relationship with Meningitis Now as when I was five, I contracted bacterial meningitis

  • Mat Johnstone

    Mat J

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I'm Mat. On Saturday October 23rd, I celebrated my 17th birthday by having friends round to my house. On Monday I had my first driving lesson and on the Monday evening I played tennis at my club.

  • Lyndon Longhorne

    Lyndon L

    Young ambassador

    Hi I am Lyndon, and I live in Crook, County Durham. At the age of eight and a half months I discovered meningitis.

  • Hannah Newsome-Boardman

    Hannah N

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I’m Hannah. I am 14 years old and was diagnosed with meningitis when I was 13 months old.  The disease affected my hearing and I am now deaf

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    Max P

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I'm Max. I was affected by meningitis at 4 1/2 months old and it has affected me in a lot of ways.

  • Johari A.

    Johari A

    Young ambassador

    Hi, my name is Johari.  I haven’t had meningitis myself, but my younger brother Ato had pneumococcal meningitis when we were little.

  • Louise

    Louise P

    Young ambassador

    Hi, my name is Louise. When I was eleven years old I had pneumococcal meningitis. The strain that I had was so severe that it went inside my brain.

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    Jasmine B

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I'm Jasmine. My experience of meningitis was in 2001 when I had pneumococcal meningitis and became profoundly deaf

  • Aaron

    Aaron B

    Young ambassador

    Hi I'm Aaron. I was only three years old when my six week old sister, Lauren contracted bacterial meningitis. After a three week battle with the disease, during which she was resuscitated and fitted uncontrollably, she was allowed home. From then, my life changed dramatically

  • Ross P

    Ross P

    Young ambassador

    Hi I’m Ross, I’m 14 and I live with my family and my brother, who has had meningitis. My brother, Troy, has suffered bacterial meningitis six times due to a head injury

  • Alicia Stephenson

    Alicia S

    Young ambassador

    Hi I'm Alicia, I first became aware of meningitis when my sister contracted the disease when she was just two years old

  • Chloe Stuart

    Chloe S

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I'm Chloe. Since becoming a Young Ambassador, I have attended family days and special events such as those at the House of Commons

  • Ross Wheeler Clayton

    Ross W

    Young ambassador

    Hi I'm Ross. In 1992, before I was born, I lost my four year old brother called Dominic to meningitis after he had recovered from cancer. Being mistaken as tonsillitis on Monday because of the lack of awareness, he was sent home.

  • Megan Townsend

    Megan T

    Young ambassador

    Hi I'm Megan, my brother, Ted, had meningococcal septicaemia at the age of two. He is now sixteen. The meningitis that Ted had has affected his growth plates, and caused him many problems in his development

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    Huw W

    Young ambassador

    Hi my name is Huw. I am 14 years old and I live in Porthcawl, South Wales. When I was three years old my mum contracted viral meningitis. 

  • Alex

    Alex W

    Young ambassador

    Alison’s eight year old son, Alex, contracted meningococcal septicaemia on her wedding day; within hours Alex had gone from feeling a little ill to being kept alive by a life support machine.

  • Morven McClaren


    Young ambassador

    My reason for being a young ambassador is to raise awareness about Meningitis offer support and raise much needed funds , also to help the trust offer help and support to other families in need after being affected by meningitis

  • Nina Darzi


    Young ambassador

    I personally have not had meningitis but both my dad (who had it as a child, but made a full recovery) and a very close friend of mine did

  • Rosie Heaton


    Young ambassador

    Hi! I’m Rosie. I had bacterial meningitis when I was seven years old and my life is still impacted by the after-effects the disease left me with on a day-to-day basis

  • Callum Jones


    Young ambassador

    My name is Callum and I have younger identical twin sisters.  I decided to become a volunteer with Meningitis Now after one of my sisters had bacterial meningitis 3 years ago, when she was 8

  • Enya Boyce


    Young ambassador

    Hi, my name is Enya. I contracted viral meningitis when I was 12 years old and it completely changed my life.

  • Summer and Jacob


    Young ambassador

    My name is Jacob Gray, on the 10th of January 2013 I walked into hospital, where remained a patient for the next 699 days, I had contracted meningococcal septicaemia

  • Louise Greer

    Louise G

    Young ambassador

    Hi I’m Louise. I had meningitis when I was 2 and a half. It was just a normal day, I was out washing the car with my dad and then everything changed. 

  • Summer


    Young ambassador

    On the 10th of January 2013, I was told my boyfriend had meningococcal septicaemia. With a 10% chance to live, I knew our world would change

  • Jemma Pressman

    Jemma P

    Young ambassador

    Hi, I’m Jemma. In August 2012 I got my A-Level results and found out I got into the University of Leicester to study law - I was looking forward to my new adventure.

  • Toby Adlington


    Young ambassador

    Hello, I am Toby and I have witnessed what Meningitis does to people and their families.

  • Louis


    Young ambassador

    Hello Everyone! I am Louis. 10 years and 15 days before my birth, my family was changed forever. We lost my uncle James. Despite my never having  met my uncle; I have seen firsthand what losing someone to Meningitis really does to a family.

  • Charlotte Hannibal

    Charlotte H

    Young ambassador

    Student Charlotte had both legs amputated below the knee and lost all the fingers on her left hand when she contracted meningococcal group W (Men W) meningitis last year