Pauline, Abi & Matt

Representing Meningitis Now as a Community Ambassador means an awful lot to me. It is my opportunity to give back a little for the ongoing support that we, as a family, have received

Pauline Grime

Community ambassador

I became involved and aware of Meningitis Now through my youngest daughter, Eliza, having contracted pneumococcal meningitis and septicaemia in 2007. Although she has done well, we are still very much picking up the pieces and dealing with the after-effects of the disease, and probably will be life-long now.

Representing Meningitis Now as a Community Ambassador means an awful lot to me. It is my opportunity to give back a little for the ongoing support that we, as a family, have received. I have my personal likes about what type of things I can help out directly with. I teach about the disease at sixth form colleges to health and social care students, who not only need this information for their coursework, but one day will all probably become mums as well. Not forgetting that they are also in a higher risk age group at point of teaching. I also have in depth knowledge of the special educational needs spectrum, and am more than up-to-date on the ever changing systems, and already have helped families to get through the statementing process successfully.

To be able to co-ordinate other volunteers to get on board and do whatever they feel comfortable with would be fantastic, and we never know what great ideas may come forward from that.

Get in touch with Pauline here


  • 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