Help and support from MRF

Support and understanding

You don’t need to face meningitis and septicaemia alone. We are here to help.
Whether you are living with the after effects of the diseases or coping with the death of a loved one, we are here for you. We have many years’ experience of working with people who are dealing with meningitis and septicaemia.

How we can help you


Information and support is available through our free helpline.

080 8800 3344 (UK)
1800 41 33 44 (Ireland)



Twitter @M_R_F 

Use our feedback form

Recovery from the emotional and physical after effects of meningitis and septicaemia will vary from person to person.

We are here to talk about what is happening with you or someone close to you.

We work with the world’s top experts on treating meningitis and septicaemia and we can share that knowledge with you.

More about the after effects of meningitis and septicaemia

The after effects in children
We are trained and experienced in understanding bereavement as a result of meningitis and septicaemia.

We understand that grief affects everyone differently but we know that talking about your feelings and emotions will help.

We know that people can feel isolated following bereavement from meningitis and septicaemia.

We are here for you.

If you’d like to talk, get in touch

Brian lost his daughter to meningitis

“I’d like to thank everyone at MRF for all the help and support they provided, not just for myself but my family as well. It was invaluable and I certainly don’t know what we would have done without it.” - Jacqueline Thellwell, MRF member


Our befriending service offers support from people who truly understand.

Our telephone befriending network can put you in touch with a trained MRF befriender who shares a similar experience to your own.

No matter what your personal experience our telephone befriending network can help.

More on our telephone befiriending service

Sometimes it’s best to talk face-to-face.

Skilled and compassionate MRF staff travel throughout the UK and Ireland visiting people coming to terms with the long-term impact of meningitis and septicaemia.

Home visits give the opportunity to talk in depth through questions and concerns.

If you’re in the UK or Ireland and would like at home visit, get in touch

We have 17,500 active members with personal experience of the diseases. It is free for you to become a member of MRF.
  • Meet others in the same position of yourself
  • Access the experts at our members’ days
  • Visit our research projects at the forefront of the fight against meningitis and septicaemia at our Discovery Days
  • Receive regular bulletins on our progress towards a world free from meningitis and septicaemia and how you can contribute

Become a member

MRF offers you opportunities to get involved to help us defeat meningitis and septicaemia wherever it exists.


Together we can change things. Together we can make the world safer for future generations from meningitis and septicaemia.

Our #WheresOurVaccine campaign helped bring in a vaccine for the most vulnerable against the major cause of bacterial meningitis and septicaemia in the UK. By joining campaigns like this, you can make a difference.


By fundraising for MRF you can support our research, awareness, advocacy and support programmes to help us create a world free from meningitis and septicaemia.

Get involved

Tell your story

People who have been affected by meningitis and septicaemia tell us how comforting it can be to know that they are not the only one. You can help by adding your story to our online Book of Experience.

Send us your Book of Experience

Or remember a loved one lost to meningitis and septicaemia with a Remembrance Fund to raise funds in their memory for MRF’s work.

Set up an MRF Remembrance Fund 

​ “I found it extremely helpful to speak to someone who had been through a similar experience. It gave me hope that they had got through it and things could improve.” – Sarah Stables, MRF Member

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Meningitis and septicaemia are serious, life threatening illnesses