Alex, the inspiration behind the Believe and Achieve Trust, contracted meningitis as a young child. It left him coping with many after-effects which eventually resulted in him losing his life 10 years after he contracted meningitis. He was passionate about raising awareness of meningitis to prevent other people going through what he did and to save lives.

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 it.

There are vaccines against some forms of meningitis but people must still remain vigilant for the signs and symptoms as they do not cover all forms and not all ages receive the vaccines. If you want to know more about vaccines, go to Meningitis Now.

Know the signs and symptoms

Symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia are many and varied. They can appear in any order or not at all and it is really important to trust your instincts. It is also essential that you do not wait for the rash that everyone thinks of as this often does not appear and, if it does, it is often very late on.

Meningitis is a medical emergency and you should seek urgent medical attention. Do not wait for the rash and trust your instincts.

Our partner, Meningitis Now, has a Helpline which you can contact for more information on 0808 80 10 388, via email on or on their social media. Meningitis Now also has more information on meningitis, vaccines and after-effects.


I had a meningitis scare with my son Alfie. A few days ago he was showing some signs of meningitis, but I wouldn't have known any of these signs if it wasn't for the hard work Alex did in making people aware. I'd like to say a massive thank you to you on behalf of Alex and his hard work you are carrying on.