Margaret McClaren

It is important for me to raise awareness of meningitis and the symptoms to prevent other families suffering the loss that we have

Margaret McLaren

Community ambassador

I became involved in the fight against meningitis when my young nephew died in October 2007; he was 12 years old and had been a healthy fit and happy boy. It is important for me to raise awareness of meningitis and the symptoms to prevent other families suffering the loss that we have, to support research into the different strains and to find vaccines to fight it.

It is also important that I support the victims and families that have been affected by this awful disease, by raising much-needed funds to allow Meningitis Now to carry on providing the care, services and financial support that so many of us need when meningitis strikes.

As well as this, it is important for me to do as much for others in memory of my nephew Calum; this is for him, as much as for me in helping me cope with his loss.

In the past couple of years I have been involved with the charity in the role of team leader volunteer, organising sponsored cycling events, awareness days, family days and liaising with volunteers about bucket collections, as well as helping with the campaigns for educational assessments and the Men B vaccine to be introduced.

I am so honoured to have been asked to become a Community Ambassador for Meningitis Now and I am looking forward to my new and challenging role, developing the role and working with others to achieve our vision for 2016. 

My daughter is also a Young Ambassador with Meningitis Now.

  • 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 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.

  • 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