It can affect so many people in so many ways and can strike at any time without warning
Community ambassadorHi, I’m Holly. I first became familiar with meningitis when my mum contracted it on 14th April 2012.
Community ambassadorIn 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.
Community ambassadorI 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.
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