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.

  • 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