A big Believe and Achieve welcome

We would like to give you a very warm welcome to The Believe and Achieve Trust
and say a big thank you for taking the time to visit us.

About Us


The Believe and Achieve Trust was founded in 2014 in honour of the amazing Alex Williams. Our son, who believed passionately in raising awareness of meningitis as a meningitis sufferer.

Our Aim

The Believe and Achieve Trust aims to increase the physical and mental health of those affected by meningitis and support sufferers wishing to succeed in sport. Along our journey we will also continue to raise the awareness of meningitis and it symptoms.


Believe and Achieve is here to provide meningitis sufferers with much needed funding or specialist equipment to help them succeed in sporting activity.

What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes, the 'meninges' that surround the brain and spinal cord. This infection causes these membranes to become inflamed, which in some cases can damage the nerves and brain. There are many different causes of meningitis and anyone can get! For further information on Meningitis or for any more support to help spot signs and symptoms meningitisnow.org

As a registered charity (number 1157173), all of our accounts and trusteeship is public information. View our page on the Charity Commission for more.

Know the signs and symptoms


Meningitis and septicaemia often happen together.
It is important to be aware of all the signs and symptoms. If you suspect meningitis or septicaemia, get medical help immediately.

Spot signs in adults

Fever, cold hands and feet

Pale, blotchy skin. Spots/rash


Servere headache

Drowsy, difficult to wake

Stiff neck

Confusion and irritability

Dislike bright lights

Severe muscle pain



Listed are some of the common signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia. Symptoms can appear in any order. Some may not appear at all.

Spot signs in children

Fever, cold hands and feet

Refusing food and vomiting

Child looking fretful

A sleepy child

Drowsy, floppy, unresponsive

A pale child

Rapid breathing or grunting

Pale, blotchy skin

Unusual cry, moaning

Tense, bulging fontanelle (soft spot)

Stiff neck, dislike bright lights



Glass Test

A rash that does not fade under pressure is a sign of meningococcal septicaemia (meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis and septicaemia)

People with septicaemia may develop a rash of tiny ‘pin pricks’ which can develop into purple bruising.

‣ Press the side of a clear glass firmly against the skin
‣ Spots/rash may fade at first
‣ Keep checking
‣ Fever with spots/rash that do not fade under pressure is a medical emergency
‣ Do not wait for a rash. If someone is ill and getting worse, get medical help immediately
‣ On dark skin, the spots/rash can be more difficult to see. Be aware of all the signs and symptoms

If you are worried about spotting the symptoms in time contact the Meningitis Helpline on
0808 80 10 388.

Our History

The Believe and Achieve Trust is a Charity based in Tameside, Manchester, set up in honour of our wonderful son, Alex.
Alex was the most fun-loving, energetic, caring, kind, happy young man that you would ever wish to meet.


Alex spent most of his short life passionately raising awareness of meningitis and a charity very close to his heart, the Meningitis Trust. The year before he died, Alex was made the first Young Ambassador for the Meningitis Trust – a job he loved to bits. Alex won several national and local awards for his dedication to helping others.

“Believe and Achieve” was Alex's motto in life.


Alex even had the unforgetable experience of carrying the Olympic torch through Tameside.


Alex visited 29 schools to talk young pupils and help rasise awareness of meningitis. Despite his illness, Alex believed anything in life was possible. He was a true inspiration to many people and still is!

On the 1st August 2012, 11 years after Alex contracted meningitis – the disease that left him in a wheelchair, with memory issues and in constant pain, he was sadly taken from us and to say we were utterly devastated is an understatement. Since Alex’s sudden death, myself and my husband Wayne have pledged to continue his important work in supporting others whose lives have been affected by this terrible disease.

Meet Max our Mascot

Max the Monkey loves to keep active and exercise lots,
this makes him very fit and strong. When Max is not
participating in sport or exercise he enjoys attending
Believe and Achieve fundrasing events. Keep a look out for
Max, he may make a guest appearance at our next event!

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Events & News





  • Hotel Smokies Park
  • 7:15PM
  • Tickets £45.00
Believe, Achieve & Boogie!!!

Join us for a fabulous evening of funky entertainment. Your ticket price includes:

  • Welcome Drink
  • Themed 3 Course Meal
  • Funky Entertainment

We can't wait! Get your tickets today - they'll go faster than a Scooby Snack!!!!

For tickets call 07802 884494.

Carol Concert 2016 Poster





The Greater Manchester Run is taking place on 28th May this year

Could you run for us and raise funds for the Believe & Achieve Trust? Contact us to see how you can make your run mean more!





We're delighted to be able to announce that the Believe & Achieve Trust has been picked as charity of the year by the following organisations:

  • Sainsburys Plc Denton
  • Marks & Spencers, Crown Point
  • Curzon Ashton Football Club
  • Stalybridge Celtic Football Club
  • Charlestown Day Nursery

Their support is appreciated immensely, and means that we can carry on the vital work that Alex started, through The Believe & Achieve Trust.


We're always grateful for any support we receive.





Olympic gymnast and Believe and Achieve Patron, Craig Heap recently completely the Great North Run to raise funds for us.

Craig Heap's Official Time


Well done Craig


Craig Heap





On Sunday 11th September, we took part in the Denton Carnival to help raise funds and awareness of our work. Here are some images of the day.


The Believe & Achieve Carnival Float


Thank you to all who took part


Carnival Setup

Join Us!

We are always busy organising fundraising events to generate more Believe and Achieve Trust funds. The more money we can raise, the more support and cash we can offer to others in need of our help!

Do you have any spare time? If so, fancy helping us plan or deliver an event... Or if you're having an event and would like to invite us along and raise even more money for The Believe and Achieve Trust please get it touch. We appreciate all help and support big or small. Thank you!

Contact Us

Event Gallery





















Denton Golf Club


Boogie Wonderland Ball 2017


Boogie Wonderland Ball 2017


Boogie Wonderland Ball 2017


Boogie Wonderland Ball 2017


Boogie Wonderland Ball 2017


Boogie Wonderland Ball 2017


Boogie Wonderland Ball 2017


Meet our team

Alison Williams


Wayne Williams

Trustee and Finance Management

Lyndsey Whiteside


Emma Toone


Harriet White - Trustee

Harriet White


Craig Heap


Julie Hesmondalgh


Gillian Taylor


Karen Hillier

Fundraising Team

Matthew Ainscough

Fundraising Team

Laura Cummings

Chair of Committee

Gaz Worrall

Fundraising Team

Jo Moore

Fundraising Team

Jade Mullin

Fundraising Team

Rosie Heaton


Ian Ainscough

Abbie Williams

Young Ambassador



T-Shirt £10

Our t-shirts are available in both child and adult sizes; small, medium, large, x-large and xx-large.

Hoodie £20

Our hoodies are available in both child and adult sizes; small, medium, large, x-large and xx-large.

Wristband £1

Believe and Achieve wristbands are available in two sizes; child and adult.

Locker Token £1

Believe and Achieve locker tokens are available to purchase through us or over the counter within Active Tameside clubs located across the Tameside borough.



Show your support for Believe and Achieve with your very own Believe and Achieve t-shirt, hoodie or wristband. All money raised through merchandise sales, helps us to help more people! Please get in touch to order any Believe and Achieve merchandise.

Apply for a grant

If you believe you fit our grant criteria below please download an application form here


1. Applicants to demonstrate a commitment to inspiring others to ‘Believe and Achieve’.

2. The grant scheme is in place to support:
a. Young people and families affected by Meningitis
b. Young people up to age 18 who require support to ‘Believe and Achieve’ in sport

3. The maximum amount of grant to be awarded for each individual application is limited to £2,000.

4. Applicants must live in Tameside.

5. Applicants who can provide match funding from other sources e.g. fundraising, National Lottery, applicant contribution etc. may be favoured.

6. The grant scheme is unfortunately unable to provide funding for:
a. Domestic bills e.g. telephone, gas, electricity
b. Arrears e.g. mortgage payments
c. General clothing, bedding, furniture and domestic appliances
d. Holidays
e. Building or garden adaptations in rented premises
f. Purchase and maintenance of minibuses and private transport

7. The sub-committee to have the delegated powers to determine applications and amend the criteria as appropriate.

8. The applicant is to provide paid original invoices for work carried out/goods supplied.

9. All invoices for work carried out/goods supplied must be dated after the date of Grant being passed.

10. It may be necessary on occasions for a member of the management team to visit, to ensure that the Grant has been used to carry out work or purchase goods, etc as stated on the application form.


How to apply

1. Read the grant criteria guidelines to ensure your application fits our criteria

2. Complete and sign the application form, answering all the questions. The application form must be signed by the person with ‘parental responsibility’.

3. If the applicant is involved in sport, a letter of support is required from a professional involved in your sport/activity e.g. Sports coach, club chairman, Active Tameside employee or teacher.

4. If the applicant has a disability or additional needs, a letter of support is required from a professional involved in your care e.g. GP, health visitor or social worker.

5. Get written quotation(s) from the supplier of the item/service giving full costs. We may ask for more than one quotation depending on the item being requested.

6. Building adaptations (not available for work in rented property) – we will need to have quotations from three building contractors and will also need to see Local Authority planning consent (if required). We may request that a home visit is carried out a member of our team before the application is considered.

7. Garden adaptations (not available for work in rented property) - we will need to see photographs of the area being considered.

8. Return all items to the address on the application form.

What happens next

We will check your application to make sure it is complete.

• We will contact you to acknowledge its receipt and advise you of the date for the next Grant panel meeting.

• We will contact the person who has written your supporting letter (your ‘third party representative’) to confirm the details of the application.

• Your application will be considered at the next Grant panel meeting.

• We will contact you by phone or e-mail shortly after a decision has been made. The decision will also be confirmed in writing and a copy sent to your third party representative.

• If your application is not awarded due to insufficient information it may be re-considered at a future meeting when additional information is supplied.

Grant Receipients










Oldham Athletic Academy

We recently had the pleasure of awarding a grant to Oldham Athletic's Academy, a cause close to Alex's heart, to help some less fortunate boys purchase all the right kit. Here's what Tony Philliskirk, OAFC's Head of Youth had to say

Tameside Titans

We recently had the pleasure of awarding a grant for new kit to the Tameside Titans. Here's a video of them in action!

Get Involved

Do you BELIEVE in our work?

Would you love to help us achieve our goals?

Please come and get involved!


If you speak to people who already volunteer they will tell you they do it because they love it. So why not come and lend a helping hand, and have fun at the same time! There are many ways that you can help support Believe and Achieve’s work.

Please get in touch to join our team!

Contact Us

  • Address

    Believe and Achieve are based within

    Active Copley

    Our address is Active Copley, Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, SK15 3ET

  • Opening Hours

    Feel free to drop us an email at any time,
    day or night!

Connect with us

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  • Believe and Achieve makes mum’s dream come true

    16th April 2015

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    A SINGLE mum and her autistic, four-year-old twins have become the first people to receive an award from the Believe and Achieve Trust’s new grant scheme.

    Wendy Porritt, who has five children, emailed Alison Williams, the founder of the Believe and Achieve Trust, asking for a £2000 grant to buy a trailer to attach to the front of her bike so that her twins, Hannah and Alfie, could go out cycling with the rest of the family. And Alison and her fellow trustees at Believe and Achieve were so moved by Wendy’s email that they have made the first award of the Trust’s new grant scheme which was only launched in February.

    Wendy is keen to give her young twins the experience of cycling but they have not yet got the ability to ride a bike for themselves. She said: “I am so excited and grateful to Believe and Achieve, and Active Tameside, and all the other supporters of the Trust. This grant will give us a new lease of life. A single mum with a family could not possibly hope to raise the £2000 we need for the trailer.” Wendy whose son Jake, now 19, contracted meningitis when he was just nine, heard about the Believe and Achieve grant scheme through social media and applied for the grant for the trailer.

    The former care worker and Body Shop area manager said: “I am a massive advocate that children with disabilities should have no barriers to access sports and activities of their choice. And that’s what the Believe and Achieve Trust is doing.

    “Children gain self-confidence and their self-esteem grows through sport and being active and that’s what Alfie and Hannah will now have, thanks to the Trust.”

    Wendy now plans to take part in the Great Manchester Cycle on June 28 to raise money for the Believe and Achieve Trust. She’ll be joined by her 10-year-old daughter Holly – and the twins in their trailer if the weather is fine.

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    Alison Williams said: “When I got Wendy’s email it really moved me to see this mum doing all she could for her children like I did for Alex. It was unbelievable for me reading Wendy’s application. I felt and understood everything she was saying about young people, whatever their disability, should be able to be active and not have to jump over tightropes to get what they want.”

    And Alison added: “It’s thanks to the generosity of people who supported our fund-raising ball that we were able to launch the fund in February to provide grants to people like Wendy, and I am so pleased that we have been able to her and make a massive difference to hers and the children’s lives.”

    The Believe and Achieve Trust is the official charity of Active Tameside.
    The Believe and Achieve Trust was founded in 2014 in honour of Alex Williams, a meningitis sufferer who believed passionately in raising awareness of meningitis. The Trust aims to raise awareness of meningitis and its effects, increase the physical and mental health of those affected by meningitis and support sufferers wishing to succeed in sport by providing funding and/or specialist equipment.

  • Believe and Achieve backED by number 1 singer

    11th March 2015

    Believe and Achieve recieve surprise email!

    We are so blessed to have been contacted by UK Singer/Songwriter Sophia May. Here is the wonderful email we recieved from Sophia...

    I watched a program that was talking about your charity. I wanted to introduce myself as I'm a singer/songwriter from the UK who has had a number 1 song in America and written for people such as Gloria Gaynor, G-Unit and MTV. I like to support charity's but yours touches home to me. I lost a friend to meningitis at 17 years old. I also have a child who is disabled due to being born with a chromosome deletion. I wrote a song a while back with a friend of mine in America. I wanted to share it with you and see if you would like to use the song for promotional purposes. I have been waiting for something that I believed in to offer it to. Have a look and see what you think. The song is called 'I Believe'

    Visit Sophia's website here; http://www.sophiamaymusic.com

  • Alex's Story

    29th January 2015

    Listen to Alison William's tell Alex's story here.

    Produced by Rachael Spokes

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