Meningitis Now Young Ambassador Kiera W

I like to think he is looking down on me from heaven and seeing the work I’m doing for Meningitis Now

Kiera

Young Ambassador

Hello, my name is Kiera. Many years before I was born, my parents had their first child, Dominic. Dominic contracted meningitis B at a very young age, shortly after he won his battle with cancer.

Dominic had a high temperature that had gone up to 114 - obviously that’s way over the average temperature, so it panicked my parents. At this time there wasn’t much awareness out there for my parents and even the doctors to know what was wrong with Dominic.

Sadly, at the age of four years old, Dominic had lost his battle with meningitis. I never got to meet my brother, which is very upsetting to me as it’s weird to think he’s my little/big brother. Although I never got to meet him, I feel as if I know a lot about who he was from photos and stories that I have heard about him.

I like to think he is looking down on me from heaven and seeing the work I’m doing for Meningitis Now in memory of him. I hope that all of the awareness is helping millions of people and preventing people losing their battles with meningitis.

Since Meningitis Now heard about my family’s story, they have been very supportive and have always been there to help with anything. They become your friends and mentors, with good understanding of everyone’s situation.
Since I have become a Young Ambassador, I have been a part of many different events. The very first event I went to was the House of Commons reception, where we spent the day in London, talking to all of the MPs about the Meningitis B vaccine to try and speed up the process of releasing it on the NHS. It was a very good day having that experience and making a difference. 

I have been to a sponsored run in Basingstoke and got a medal for being there. All of the money raised went to Meningitis Now. I have also taken in symptoms cards and leaflets to my college for people to take. I will be attending the Christmas service in Gloucester Cathedral in December, which I attended last year, and loved. 

My overall aim for being a Young Ambassador is to try and prevent as many people as possible from losing their lives, or being maimed by meningitis. By raising awareness and money for Meningitis Now, it makes me feel as if Dominic is looking over me and being proud of me. 

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