Alison Yelland

I look forward to promoting all the great work the charity does and to support my daughter who is now a Young Ambassador

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.

It was a very scary time but thanks to the quick thinking of the school, Fiona’s infection was treated quickly enough for her to make a complete recovery.

The following year Fiona decided to fundraise for the cause and that was our first contact with the charity. We realised then how lucky we had been, when there were many other stories with very different outcomes.

From there I have been involved as a volunteer, helping at events and distributing symptom cards across Edinburgh. It is important to me to increase people’s awareness of the symptoms and to trust their instincts.  

It is a privilege to become a Community Ambassador for Meningitis Now and I look forward to promoting all the great work the charity does and to support my daughter, who is now a Young Ambassador for the charity.