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Hear their stories

Meningitis is a devastating disease both for the person suffering and their families. Many people are affected by it in the UK every year and every family has a story to tell.

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Hear Matt Dawson’s story

Former England rugby player and Tackle Meningitis ambassador

Matt’s 3-year-old son Sami contracted meningitis and remained critically ill on a life-support machine for two weeks afterwards. Sami subsequently recovered from the disease and Matt now wants parents and families to receive the knowledge and education that he feels he lacked.

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spread the word

Join our ambassador, rugby star Matt Dawson, in his mission to tackle meningitis in our communities.

Run a Tackle Meningitis event to help raise awareness of meningitis in your local community.

We are asking local schools, sports clubs and community group across the UK to help Tackle Meningitis by running a short event with parents and children to raise awareness of the disease. These events aim to teach people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of meningitis and where to go for help and advice.



And we need your help to share this message with as many people as possible

Download the Tackle Meningitis toolkit to see how you can help raise awareness of meningitis in your local community.


Hear Jas Purba's story

Jas lost her daughter Paawan when she contracted the MenW (meningococcal group W) strain of meningitis. She was just 20 years old and about to start the second year of her pharmacology degree at the University of East London, in August 2016, when she suddenly became ill.

At first her symptoms seemed nothing more than flu. Less than 48 hours after her first symptoms appeared, she died in hospital. Following her passing, her heartbroken family launched an online fundraising site, raising more than £15,000 for the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

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Hear Amelia Vitiello’s story
President of the Italian Association Liberi dalla Meningite

Amelia’s daughter, Alessia, was healthy and only came down with the occasional cold. The day she became ill began with a slight fever but tragically ended in less than 11 hours, when she passed away. Alessia was affected by septicaemia (blood poisioning) due to meningitis B and Water House syndrome.

Alessia would have been 18 months old the following day. She loved to draw and was always drawing little butterflies in different colours. It was one of these butterflies that became part of the symbol of the association that Amelia founded in her memory.

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Hear Sass Pledger’s story

Sass has had meningitis strike her family three times. She had viral meningitis herself and her father-in-law and her daughter, Georgiana, both survived bacterial meningitis.

Georgiana was just 10 weeks old. “Something didn’t feel right so I rushed her to A&E. Her condition worsened and the consultants became concerned. They performed a lumbar puncture, which confirmed bacterial meningitis. By the time the treatment began with IV antibiotics, the horrid rash had started to appear. I spent a week at her bedside. My tiny baby was so vulnerable and unwell. I had never felt so devastated and I will never forget those days.”

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How can I avoid having a meningitis story of my own?