Meningitis Now

Rebuilding futures after meningitis

Meningitis can affect anyone, of any age. It can kill within hours and for those who survive, the physical and emotional aftermath can be devastating and lifelong. Through this project we aim to empower families with the resources they need to rebuild positive futures after meningitis.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (803016)

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Championed by The Hospital Saturday Fund


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • OtherOther


United Kingdom


Up to one third of people who survive bacterial meningitis and associated septicaemia can be left with life altering after-effects, such as hearing loss, amputations and brain injury. A survey of 1000+ people affected by meningitis found that 9 in 10 people living with long-term after-effects experience mental health issues. People may no longer be able to work due to their after-effects or parents may no longer be able to work due to their child’s care needs after meningitis – creating financial pressures.


The Rebuilding Futures Fund eases the financial and practical burdens that meningitis leaves behind. The fund will help pay for items and services that will improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of people affected by meningitis. This may include, for example, specialist equipment, disability aids, rehabilitation costs, training, therapies such as acupuncture, counselling, creative therapies for children, home adaptations, travel costs associated with medical appointments and funeral costs

  • My new small electric wheelchair helps me get around my home with ease. Before the indoor wheelchair from Meningitis Now I was just crawling about the house as I couldn’t drive my outdoor chair inside or my house would have been absolutely filthy! This chair has made my life infinitely better.

    — Helen survived meningitis and meningococcal septicemia in 1997 and suffered multiple amputations

  • Our garden was unsafe and not usable. Taylor loves being outside. So having a garden he can escape to is his dream come true. The artificial grass is perfect for Taylor’s legs as they are so sensitive.. It means Taylor can get back to doing what he enjoys best, which is being an outside boy.

    — Taylor's Mum. Taylor survived meningitis as a baby, he lives with amputations and kidney failure