Alison and Alex meningococcal bacterial meningitis case study

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. 

  • Meningitis Now Young Ambassador Kiera


    Young Ambassador

    Hello, my name is Kiera. Before I was born, my brother Dominic contracted meningitis septicaemia at 4-years-old, shortly after he had won his battle with cancer.

  • 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.

  • Meningitis Now Young Ambassador 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.

  • Meningitis amputee Young Ambassador 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.