Action Medical Research has funded a number of studies to protect children from meningitis, including completed and current projects aiming to develop a new vaccine against meningitis B.
In another study we've supported, researchers investigated a way to prevent one type of bacterial meningitis in newborn babies, by trying to harness the body’s natural defences.
Video: Cieran's story
Please watch Ceiran's story in this video.
If you've been affected by meningitis and need practical support, call the Meningitis Now helpline on 0808 80 10 388.
More family stories
When little Noah was diagnosed with the rare disease Landau Kleffner syndrome, doctors told his parents Madeka and Ryan, ‘Don’t look it up because it will really scare you’.
When Joey was just four years old, his parents Darren and Kathryn faced the terrible news that their little boy had a brain tumour.
Shortly after his birth, Robbie was diagnosed with a condition called Pierre Robin Sequence. He had difficulty feeding and breathing due to a cleft soft palate and a small, receding lower jaw.
Eva has problems with strength, balance and co-ordination, tires easily and suffers from a type of tremor that becomes more pronounced when she moves.