Alex was the founder of our Young Ambassador group and he remains an inspiration to us all

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.

After a month in a coma Alex recovered but was left with severe after-effects including severe memory loss, deafness in both ears and bilateral footdrop, which means he was unable to walk.

Alex sadly passed away in 2012, 11 years after he contracted meningitis, after devoting his life to helping others. Alex’s achievements have been widely recognised and he won two national awards; the News of the World’s Children Champion and a BBC Radio One Teen Award as well as a host of other awards.

Alex was the founder of our Young Ambassador Programme and he remains an inspiration to us all. The Young Ambassadors carry on his lifesaving awareness work.

In 2014, Alison established the Believe and Achieve Trust (Charity number 1157173) to continue Alex's work in Tameside and the surrounding area, raising awareness of meningitis using Meningitis Now symptoms cards and doing talks, and funding grants for disadvantaged young people to enable participation in sport and other activities to enable them to achieve as much as possible. 

  • Fiona Yelland

    Fiona Y

    Young Ambassador

    Hi, I’m Fiona. I had meningitis when I was 15, on 4 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.

  • Meningitis Now Young Ambassador day - Ross and Matt

    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.