Anne Gaston

I still feel as passionate as ever about helping to raise awareness and funds and am proud to represent Meningitis Now as a Community Ambassador

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.

It was this experience that made me want to volunteer and to help others be aware of the symptoms and be part of this organisation. After all this time, I still feel as passionate as ever about helping to raise awareness and funds and am proud to represent Meningitis Now as a Community Ambassador.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.