Jodie Dunk

You can’t believe that a disease like that is out there. You just don’t believe it will happen to you

Helen Hancorn and Jodie Dunk

Community ambassador

My daughter, Jodie, and her now husband, Simon, lost their 13 month old daughter, Mariah, to meningitis in December 2010. Mariah showed little sign of being ill and there was nothing that could have alerted Jodie to anything other than teething troubles.

You can’t believe that a disease like that is out there. You just don’t believe it will happen to you.

Since our experience as a family of meningitis, we are determined to raise as much money as possible to stop other families going through the devastation of losing a loved one. 

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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