Ross Wheeler Clayton

I have raised money and awareness for Meningitis Now and about the disease so that I can feel like I can connect to Dominic

Ross W

Young Ambassador

Hi, I'm Ross. In 1992, before I was born, I lost my four year old brother Dominic to meningitis after he had recovered from cancer. Being mistaken as tonsillitis on Monday because of the lack of awareness, he was sent home.

He was then rushed to hospital later that same day and put on life support, which was switched off on the Wednesday. Dominic had meningococcal Septicaemia.  

In 2010, after being inspired by my first charity event with school for the WWF, I thought about which charity would be good for me to support, so I remembered that my brother had meningitis. Straight away I was searching the internet for a meningitis related charity, which is how I found Meningitis Now as it the first result. I researched the charity and found that they were a very worthy cause.

Since then I have raised money and awareness for Meningitis Now and about the disease so that I can feel like I can connect to Dominic and hopefully make him proud, along with saving lives and making lives better. In my new role as a Young Ambassador, I can now further my work into helping others.

I volunteered to help the charity out on the London Marathon in 2012 by carrying bags for runners and leading them to the after race reception, I think it is very important to thank people for their efforts at events.

Over the years my family and I have taken part in the Five Valleys Walk around Stroud, last year rather than walking it, I manned the Honey Hill checkpoint with my mum, her friend and Meningitis Now's (Meningitis Trust) founder, Jane Wells, handing out checkpoint stickers and giving information to walkers.

Meningitis is a disease which should be taken seriously, yes it isn’t common. When it does strike, it hits hard and in little time - sometimes within hours. My job is to make you aware of the signs of meningitis and to remove any misconceptions; for instance you shouldn’t wait for the rash - if it appears at all and the disease can get to anyone of any age.

  • 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.

  • Meningitis Now Young Ambassador day - Ross and Matt

    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.