Anne Cadden

In January 2001, my daughter, Helen, died from meningococcal septicaemia aged 18 while in her first year at university

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.

I felt the Community Ambassador scheme was an excellent way to raise awareness of meningitis and the work of Meningitis Now, to provide support to members of the local community and to engage with local organisations until a vaccine is found for all strains of meningitis.

  • Lesley Leaver

    Lesley Chandler-Clare

    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. 

  • 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.