Dave

Meningitis Now not only gave us the support that we needed, it gave the inspiration, the determination and goals to change my life

Dave Hancock

Community ambassador

I contracted a severe case of viral meningitis in February 2012. Having gone from a very active professional at work and a fit and healthy runner and family man, I was left devastated by the after-effects of this horrendous disease. It had such a traumatic effect on my family and I that I needed something to get my life and theirs back on track. 

Meningitis Now not only gave us the support that we needed, it gave the inspiration, the determination and goals to change my life and to help fight this disease and make a real difference to those affected directly and indirectly by all forms of meningitis.

After many months on the sidelines, I came back fighting and have subsequently run two London Marathons for Meningitis Now, half marathons and many other fundraising events. I raise awareness whenever I can. This includes in hospitals, schools, nurseries, children's groups and others.

Becoming a Community Ambassador is a real honour for me. It allows me to continue my own personal goals for the charity, but I can now extend that even more to be able to help many others achieve those goals too. Whether that be awareness and fundraising, campaigning for vaccines, or to just have someone there to talk to or confide in. The charity means so much to me and is very close to my heart. My passion for this cause will ensure I will do all I can to help others. 

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  • 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