Our Team

  • Holly McNaughton

    Holly McNaughton

    My Meningitis Story, Holly McNaughton, Community Ambassador

  • Anne Cadden

    Anne Cadden

    In January 2001, my daughter, Helen, died from meningococcal septicaemia aged 18 while in her first year at university. 

  • Lesley Leaver

    Lesley Chandler-Clare

    I lost my husband, Kevin, to meningococcal septicaemia in January 2000, just five hours after being admitted to hospital. I have been supported by Meningitis Now ever since.

  • Bahman

    Bahman Jamalaldini

    In December 2010, I thought I was coming down with a cold. On December 21, I went to bed early and in the early hours of the morning I was vomiting, had diarrhoea, felt cold and had muscle and joint pain.

  • Val Stephenson

    Val Stephenson

    I first made contact with Meningitis Now in 2000 when, at the age of two, our youngest daughter, Lydia, contracted meningococcal C and developed septicaemia.

  • Alice and Bryan Austin

    Alice Austin

    In 2004, our daughter, Gillian, died from meningitis just days after the birth of her second child Grace, who also passed away. 

  • Vanessa

    Vanessa Whiting

    In 1992, my son Luke, died from meningitis aged 22 months. He initially had flu-like symptoms, but the doctor thought he’d had a convulsion, so he was referred to the local hospital. 

  • Margaret McClaren

    Margaret McLaren

    I became involved in the fight against meningitis when my young nephew died in October 2007; he was 12 years old and had been a healthy fit and happy boy. 

  • Steph Carter

    Steph Carter

    I was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis in January 2010 at the age of 32. 

  • Angela Cloke

    Angela Cloke

    My meningitis journey began when our youngest son, Sam, aged just 18 months became very poorly. 

  • Carl Monthieth

    Carl Montieth

    My first involvement with meningitis occurred when I met Steve, Gloria and family on my honeymoon in Cyprus 27 years ago.

  • Alison Walker

    Alison Walker

    I first encountered meningitis in July 2003 when my eight month old daughter, Hannah, contracted pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia. 

  • Mary Garley

    Mary Garley

    We lost our granddaughter, Maisie, in 2008, to meningitis; she was just eight months old. She was taken to hospital early in the morning of 15 October - she was sent home after being told it was just a virus.

  • Fiona Brannan

    Fiona Brannan

    Fiona and her husband, Simon, lost their 16-month-old son Cy to meningitis in October 2007. Cy passed away just 24 hours after contracting the disease.

  • Lesley Tanton

    Lesley Tanton

    Lesley Tanton and her husband, John, lost their 14-year-old son, Mark, in September 2010. He had the Y strain of meningitis.

  • Ian Watkinson

    Ian Watkinson

    I first came into contact with Meningitis Now following the death of my beautiful baby grandson Charlie in 2010.

  • Summer and Jacob

    Jacob

    My name is Jacob. On 10 January 2013 I walked into hospital, where I remained a patient for the next 699 days; I had contracted meningococcal septicaemia.

  • Lynette Adjei

    Lynette Adjei

    ‘Meningitis’ – I knew that word but it didn’t mean a lot. ‘Pneumo-what?’ - the other word was definitely Double Dutch. 

  • Cliff and Jeanette Bull

    Cliff and Jeanette Bull

    When Charlie woke with a temperature and a rash, Claire knew that something was seriously wrong and rushed him to Bezier hospital.

  • Jonathan Davies

    Jonathan Davies

    I contracted a severe case of viral meningitis in 2002. I was leading an active life, training for my first open water sea triathlon, when viral meningitis struck.

  • Emma Moore

    Emma Moore

    Hi my name's Emma Moore and I lost my first child George to meningitis at the age of 10 months old in October 2013

  • Hannah Pearce

    Hannah Pearce

    My name is Hannah and I live just outside of Swansea with my husband Ashley.

  • Sophia Wyatt

    Sophia Wyatt

    1993 was going to be an exciting year for me, as soon as I turned 17 I was planning to begin training to be a skiing instructor. 

  • Alison Yelland

    Alison Yelland

    My experience of Meningitis is from when my daughter Fiona, then aged 15 years, contracted bacterial meningitis in October 2011. 

  • Alison Westwood

    Alison Westwood

    I developed viral meningitis in February 2003, when my children were just 1 and 3 years old.

  • Julie Green

    Julie Green

    Hello, my name is Julie Green. In January 2012 my son Louie contracted meningococcal septicaemia at the age of 5 months old. 

  • Barbara and Bob Johnson

    Barbara and Bob Johnson

    Hello, we are Barbara and Bob Johnson from Essex. We started supporting the charity in the days of the National Meningitis Trust after the death of our son James in May 1991 from Group 'B' meningitis and septicaemia.

  • James Duff

    James Duff

    James was a long-standing supporter and fundraiser for Meningitis Now before becoming a Community Ambassador in 2018