Morven McClaren

Meningitis Now has given me so much support in helping me cope with my loss


Young Ambassador

My reason for being a Young Ambassador is to raise awareness about meningitis, offer support and raise much needed funds, and to help Meningitis Now offer help and support to other families in need after being affected by meningitis.

In October 2007 my life changed forever after my cousin Calum passed away after contracting bacterial meningitis. Calum was only 12 years old when he died.   I was very close to Calum as there was only 9 months between us.  I grew up with Calum being more like my brother. We spent a lot of time together and shared many special moments. Calum would make me laugh; he was a very special person.  He loved life and loved to be surrounded by people.

Calum had a way of hugging, if Calum gave you a hug, it was if a massive bear was hugging you making you feel safe.   He was so kind and loving and would give or do anything for anyone. Calum was growing to be typical teenage boy loving music, computer games, reading and being out with his friends.

This is why so many of us miss him. He was the person who organised the weekends, making arrangements of where we would go and what we would do. I miss him being part of my life now and feel closer to him by becoming involved with the trust and helping others as Calum would want me to.

Meningitis Now has given me so much support in helping me cope with my loss. It’s important that I enable them to continue providing the wide range of services to others as I know how much it is needed, as well as how much it means to have this lifeline.  My mother is also a Community Ambassador for meningitis Now.

  • Fiona Yelland

    Fiona Y

    Young Ambassador

    Hi, I’m Fiona. I had meningitis when I was 15, on 4 October 2011; it was just a normal school day. However, that was about to change.

  • Kiera W


    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.

  • Olivia Geary


    Young Ambassador

    Hi, I’m Livvy. My meningitis story begins with my nephew Jack, now aged 8. When Jack was two years old, he became extremely pale and weak after he had been unwell at a children’s party a few hours previous.

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    Matt W

    Young Ambassador

    Hi, I’m Matt. In August 2012 I became a Young Ambassador for Meningitis Now. The Young Ambassador’s role is to promote Meningitis Now to young people, and this is a huge challenge.