Sunday 24th November 2013 @ 15:56 by james.dean


The Meningitis Trust launched a £1m appeal this week to fulfil the legacy of the charity’s founding Young Ambassador Alex Williams.

Alex, from Ashton, contracted meningitis aged just seven and lost his battle with the disease last year, aged 18.

The ‘Believe and Achieve’ Appeal, launched in his honour by his fellow Young Ambassadors, will run until 2016 to tie in with the Trust’s Vision 2016 document that Alex was a figurehead for.

The ambitious main aims include reaching and improving the lives of everyone affected by meningitis and minimising the impact of the disease.

Writing in the appeal letter Young Ambassador Matt Walker, from Cheltenham, says: “Alex was, and always will be, the greatest Young Ambassador the Trust will ever see.

“I believe his work saved hundreds of lives.

“Alex, who jointly won the Third Sector magazine Volunteer of the Year Award last year, spent hours handing out the Trust’s signs and symptoms cards and delivering awareness talks in his own inimitable style.

“He instantly made a big impression on me, and on everyone he met.”

Matt added: “He was always smiling and would greet you with his trademark two thumbs up – he was always really positive about his life and future.

“Alex had this saying ‘Believe and Achieve’ He used to say to me: ‘There is no way I am going to let anyone go through what I did and feel it’s the end; it’s only the beginning, believe me’

“So now it’s up to us, me and Alex’s fellow Young Ambassadors, to take up the torch where he left off and make sure his legacy lives on.

“We will fight twice as strong for you, my friend.”

The Trust is asking for donations to help everyone fighting back after meningitis live life to their potential.

“We’re seeing a significant increase in the number of people using our services,” said Anne Currie, Director of Fundraising and Community at the Trust.

“It doesn’t take much to help start turning these lives around and ensure children, young people and adults facing the devastating aftermath of meningitis get the support and encouragement they need to believe and achieve.”

“So, please support our appeal – it’s you and your support that makes such a difference to so many people.”

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