Steve Dayman MBE

Steve Dayman lost his son Spencer aged 14 months in November 1982 from meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia. In those days there were no charities to represent meningitis.

Soon after the death of his son, Steve set up the Meningitis Research Appeal, the first charity to represent meningitis.

Steve’s Meningitis Journey

Steve was told by the meningitis scientific fraternity in the early 80’s that he would not see a meningitis vaccine in his lifetime. There are now five vaccines in the UK national vaccination programme.


Steve became the Founding Chairman of the Stroud based Meningitis Trust.


Steve founded the Meningitis Research Foundation.


Steve introduced and promoted the diagnostic Tumbler Test to the general public throughout the UK.


Steve became a Paul Harris Fellow, awarded by the Rotary club of Thornbury.


Steve undertook 35 marathon walks walking over 12 thousand miles and raising over £2 million from the walks alone.


Steve founded Meningitis UK, which concentrated solely on raising funds to support vaccine research.


Awarded an MBE for services to healthcare.


Steve was instrumental in amalgamating Meningitis UK and Meningitis Trust to become Meningitis Now. The merged entity is now the largest meningitis charity in the UK.


Received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bristol.


Received an ITV/Daily Mirror Pride of Britain, Special Recognition Award.


Established Spencer Dayman Meningitis Research.

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