Lesley Leaver

Meningitis has no warning; it comes from nowhere and vaccination is the only answer

Lesley Chandler-Clare

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.

Meningitis has no warning; it comes from nowhere and vaccination is the only answer. When I found out about the vaccine I thought ‘thank goodness that fewer people will have to go through what we have been through.’ The Government has a moral obligation to protect the British public from this awful disease.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Bahman

    Bahman Jamalaldini

    Community Ambassador

    In December 2010, I thought I was coming down with a cold. On December 21, I went to bed early and in the early hours of the morning I was vomiting, had diarrhoea, felt cold and had muscle and joint pain.

  • Val Stephenson

    Val Stephenson

    Community Ambassador

    I first made contact with Meningitis Now in 2000 when, at the age of two, our youngest daughter, Lydia, contracted meningococcal C and developed septicaemia.