Jonathan Davies

I’m determined to combine my love of triathlon with supporting Meningitis Now, whose website was a source of tremendous help

Jonathan Davies

Community ambassador

I contracted a severe case of viral meningitis in 2002. I was leading an active life, training for my first open water sea triathlon, when viral meningitis struck. I remember thinking I’ll give it a couple of days and I’ll be back to normal, but it wasn’t that straightforward. The attack was nearly fatal and left me barely able to walk, talk or even recognise my children.

When I left hospital I was a changed man. I could barely walk and struggled to string a sentence together. I was bedridden for six weeks, off work for just under six months and kissed goodbye to being a triathlete for around five years.

I have been left with a variety of after-effects including a constant headache, joint pain, photophobia and Mollaret's meningitis – a recurring form of the disease.

Now I’m determined to combine my love of triathlon with supporting Meningitis Now, whose website was a source of tremendous help and advice for me and my family at what was a very scary time.

I’m delighted to have this opportunity to give something back to Meningitis Now and make a difference with their work in my local community in Essex.

  • 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