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I want to give something back by helping to raise awareness and by getting involved in fundraising

Hannah N

Young Ambassador

Hi, I’m Hannah. I am 14 years old and was diagnosed with meningitis when I was 13 months old.  The disease affected my hearing and I am now deaf.

I had a cochlear implant when I was two years old to enable me to hear. 

Meningitis Now have helped us as a family a lot since then and so I want to give something back by helping to raise awareness and by getting involved in fundraising.

I want to raise awareness in my school and local community about the signs and symptoms and feel that I can represent the deaf community, specifically those with cochlear implants like me. 

I am looking forward to helping to raise funds, by making cakes and selling them in school, and helping by attending events organised by Meningitis Now in my area.

Being a Young Ambassador gives me the opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and help raise vital funds to help more families.

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