Our Team

  • Holly M

    Holly McNaughton

    Community ambassador

    Hi, I’m Holly. I first became familiar with meningitis when my mum contracted it on 14th April 2012.

  • Anne Cadden

    Anne Cadden

    Community ambassador

    In January 2001, my daughter, Helen, died from meningococcal septicaemia aged 18 while in her first year at university. A friend from Helen’s school, Richard Murphy, also died from meningitis seven weeks later at another university.

  • Lesley Leaver

    Lesley Leaver

    Community ambassador

    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. 

  • Anne Gaston

    Anne Gaston

    Community ambassador

    My son is now 21, but when he was six months old, he was rushed to hospital with suspected meningitis. Thankfully it turned out not to be meningitis, but it made me realise how little I knew about this devastating disease

  • Bahman

    Bahman Jamalaldini

    Community ambassador

    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

    Community ambassador

    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 and Bryan Austin

    Community ambassador

    In 2004, our daughter, Gillian, died from meningitis just days after the birth of her second child Grace, who also passed away. Around two weeks earlier Gillian had been diagnosed with sinusitis after visiting her GP, but was advised not to take antibiotics due to her pregnancy. During the next few days she felt increasingly ill and, after several visits to her GP and A&E, was told her flu-like symptoms had evolved into a chest infection.

  • Jodie Dunk

    Helen Hancorn and Jodie Dunk

    Community ambassador

    My daughter, Jodie, and her now husband, Simon, lost their 13 month old daughter, Mariah, to meningitis in December 2010. Mariah showed little sign of being ill and there was nothing that could have alerted Jodie to anything other than teething troubles.

  • Onor Crummay

    Onor Crummay

    Community ambassador

    In November 2008, I was in my first term at Bristol University when I suddenly fell ill with bacterial meningitis and septicaemia. I spent a week in hospital before returning home to recuperate and although I tried to return to university, I found that I couldn’t cope with the studying.

  • Vanessa

    Vanessa Whiting

    Community ambassador

    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. After a lumbar puncture and blood tests, he was diagnosed with meningitis and transferred to Guy’s Hospital, but died a few hours later.

  • Margaret McClaren

    Margaret McLaren

    Community ambassador

    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. It is important for me to raise awareness of meningitis and the symptoms to prevent other families suffering the loss that we have, to support research into the different strains and to find vaccines to fight it. 

  • Steph Carter

    Steph Carter

    Community ambassador

    I was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis in January 2010 at the age of 32. I spent a week in hospital receiving treatment, a further two weeks at home receiving antibiotic treatment with the District Nursing Team and a further eight weeks at home recuperating. 

  • Dave

    Dave Hancock

    Community ambassador

    I contracted a severe case of viral meningitis in February 2012. Having gone from a very active professional at work and a fit and healthy runner and family man, I was left devastated by the after-effects of this horrendous disease. It had such a traumatic effect on my family and I that I needed something to get my life and theirs back on track. 

  • Angela Cloke

    Angela Cloke

    Community ambassador

    My meningitis journey began when our youngest son, Sam, aged just 18 months became very poorly. Following an initial misdiagnosis of flu and eczema, my instinct was to seek a second opinion.  The second doctor immediately suspected meningitis and septicaemia.

  • Carl Monthieth

    Carl Montieth

    Community ambassador

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

  • Alison Walker

    Alison Walker

    Community ambassador

    I first encountered meningitis in July 2003 when my eight month old daughter, Hannah, contracted pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia. She was being treated at Bristol Children’s Hospital, but after five days we had to take the devastating decision to withdraw her life support.

  • Mary Garley

    Mary Garley

    Community ambassador

    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. 

  • Pauline, Abi & Matt

    Pauline Grime

    Community ambassador

    I became involved and aware of Meningitis Now through my youngest daughter, Eliza, having contracted pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia in 2007. Although she has done well, we are still very much picking up the pieces and dealing with the after-effects of the disease, and probably will be life-long now.

  • Fiona Brannan

    Fiona Brannan

    Community ambassador

    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

  • Jenny & Mark Smith

    Jenny & Mark Smith

    Community ambassador

    We contacted Meningitis Now after the loss of our nine-month-old son Taylor to meningococcal septicaemia in March 2009

  • Rose Gowans

    Rose Gowans

    Community ambassador

    Rose’s daughter Alexandra had meningitis when she was just six-months-old, whilst the family was on holiday in Scotland

  • Lesley Tanton

    Lesley Tanton

    Community ambassador

    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

    Community ambassador

    I first came into contact with Meningitis Now following the death of my beautiful baby grandson Charlie in 2010. The staff at Alder Hey hospital recommended we contact the charity and my family were immediately embraced by Chris Hughes and the team.  They were wonderful.

  • Lynette Adjei

    Lynette Adjei

    Community ambassador

    ‘Meningitis’ – I knew that word but it didn’t mean a lot. ‘Pneumo-what?’ - the other word was definitely Double Dutch.  These strange words were delivered to my husband and me in the early stages of what later felt like it had been a trance

  • Cliff and Jeanette Bull

    Cliff and Jeanette Bull

    Community ambassador

    Charlie woke with a temperature and a rash, Claire knew that something was seriously wrong and rushed him to Bezier hospital. He was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis together with septicaemia.

  • Jonathan Davies

    Jonathan Davies

    Community ambassador

    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. I remember thinking I’ll give it a couple of days and I’ll be back to normal, but it wasn’t that straightforward. The attack was nearly fatal and left me barely able to walk, talk or even recognise my children.

  • Emma Moore

    Emma Moore

    Community ambassador

    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

    Community ambassador

    My name is Hannah and I live just outside of Swansea with my husband Ashley, In 2014, I was working as a Senior Civil Engineer at a large firm, living away from home during the week, living in ‘digs’ in shared accommodation, working 12 hour days and just returning home on the weekends to mostly sleep!

  • Sophia Wyatt

    Sophia Wyatt

    Community ambassador

    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, I loved skiing and wanted to spend as much time as I could on the slopes.

  • Alison Yelland

    Alison Yelland

    Community ambassador

    My experience of Meningitis is from when my daughter Fiona, then aged 15 years, contracted bacterial meningitis in October 2011. I dropped her at school at 8.30 in the morning and by lunchtime she was on a life support machine, fighting for her life.

  • Alison Westwood

    Alison Westwood

    Community ambassador

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

  • Julie Green

    Julie Green

    Community ambassador

    Hello, my name is Julie Green. In January 2012 my son Louie contracted meningococcal septicaemia at the age of 5 months old. He spent 11 weeks in hospital, two of which were in intensive care, and ended up having both legs below the knees and the fingers on his left hand amputated.

  • Barbara and Bob Johnson

    Barbara and Bob Johnson

    Community ambassador

    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.