Lesley Tanton

It’s important to raise awareness of meningitis and to continue to fund research to develop existing and new vaccines for all strains

Lesley Tanton

Community ambassador

Lesley Tanton and her husband, John, lost their 14-year-old son, Mark, in September 2010. He had the Y strain of meningitis

Lesley and John have supported Meningitis Now since then. They have a Forever Fund set up for Mark and have raised about £38,778 so far.

Lesley ran the Great North Run in 2013 to mark the third anniversary of Mark’s death. “Meningitis is like a thunderbolt – it comes straight out of the blue and changes the lives of those left behind. Mark was the picture of health – to think an infection would strike him down as quickly as it did is just awful.

“It’s important to raise awareness of meningitis and to continue to fund research to develop existing and new vaccines for all strains.”

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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