Rosie Heaton

I’m a huge believer that the work Meningitis Now does have the potential to change lives for the better


Young Ambassador

Hi! I’m Rosie. I had bacterial meningitis when I was seven years old and my life is still impacted by the after-effects the disease left me with on a day-to-day basis

Meningitis Now have always been there for me when I’ve needed them; whether that was in the form of having someone to talk to in a bid to make sense of what had happened to me, offering me a service such as art therapy, or just allowing me to throw myself into fundraising and campaigning which gave me back an element of control in my life.  Everything has all added up and has shaped me into the person I am today. 

It’s this passion and desire to give to others what Meningitis Now has given me that drives me.  I’m a huge believer that the work Meningitis Now does have the potential to change lives for the better.  I know first-hand that the networks and life-long friendships formed through the opportunities offered by Meningitis Now can make all the difference. 

I have had so many brilliant and diverse opportunities come from being a Young Ambassador, from speaking at a Parliamentary reception, to zip wiring off of tall buildings, to meeting with government officials in the Cabinet Office. It is a role I tell people about with pride.

I feel honoured to be able to volunteer as a Young Ambassador alongside some incredible people, to raise awareness, campaign, and ultimately to be a small part of the fight against meningitis. 

  • 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.