Vanessa

We wanted to help with fundraising, make people aware of the symptoms and find a vaccine for this disease

Vanessa Whiting

Community Ambassador

In 1992, my son Luke, died from meningitis aged 22 months. He initially had flu-like symptoms, but the doctor thought he’d had a convulsion, so he was referred to the local hospital. 

After a lumbar puncture and blood tests, he was diagnosed with meningitis and transferred to Guy’s Hospital, but died a few hours later.

This all took place in less than 24 hours and is one of the reasons why my family and I decided to support Steve Dayman’s work in 1992. We wanted to help with fundraising, make people aware of the symptoms and find a vaccine for this disease. Being a Community Ambassador for Meningitis Now is a great way to achieve these aims.