a Life for a Cure


Meningitis Now
Meningitis Now is the founder of the meningitis movement and the only charity dedicated to fighting meningitis in the UK. With nearly 30 years experience, we are working towards a future where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives. Meningitis Now fights the disease on all fronts: Providing a powerful, united voice for people fighting meningitis. Saving lives by funding vaccine and preventative research. Reducing the disease’s impact through awareness. Rebuilding futures with dedicated support. Fundraising to deliver our plans.

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a Life for a Cure

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Ryan Bresnahan, our son, died very suddenly on 31st March 2010 of Meningitis B, aged just 16. He was a fit, healthy, caring young man, full of personality and a sports scholar at Clifton College. We had no notice or even time to say goodbye – it all happened within an hour.

a Life for a Cure’ was founded as both a legacy to Ryan and to help raise awareness and valuable funds in search for the ultimate vaccine. This is one of the most devastating and infectious diseases in the UK.

September 2015 saw a major breakthrough, with the UK becoming the first country in the world to offer its newborn babies the new Meningitis B vaccine, Bexsero, as part of the primary immunization programme. There are many different Men B strains and the new vaccine has been developed to offer protection against as many as possible, but not all. With your support we are currently funding our 2nd project, a unique piece of research at Imperial College, London looking at improving the protection, which will finish at the end of this year.

We will continue the campaign to get this vaccine available on the NHS for all age groups – in particular for our own satisfaction, young adults, who apart from the very young, are at the highest risk. In the meantime, the Men B vaccine is available privately.

YOUR HELP IS VITAL in continuing to support this local Bristol charity which is operated purely on a voluntary basis, with all donations contributing to Ryan’s Appeal and the work we continue to do in association with Meningitis Now.

We really, really appreciate all your help and support. 

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Please see below for a list  of our generous donors:

St.Hilda's College JCR, Oxford £321.00


Amanda £20.00 (+ £5.00 giftaid)

05.02.14 Thank you to Michelle and family for such a brilliant Blingo evening, you really are inspirational. Thank you also to Ruth for such great photos.

Ruth Garner Photography £39.00

24.01.14 Profits from print orders from Blingo event

cookie £70.00


Will Grogan £10.00


Rachel Eggelton £4.00


Jezz Taylor £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)

17.01.14 Well Done George Cook on completing the Portsmouth marathon hope you have a swift recovery!!

Kate Upton £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)

18.12.13 Hi Michelle, missed the cheque out of your Xmas card. Doh! A little more for Ryan's fund. Love & best wishes, Kate xxx

Peter and Theresa £150.00 (+ £37.50 giftaid)

14.10.13 This is proceeds from the fundraising gig on Friday.

Anonymous £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)


Anonymous £250.00 (+ £62.50 giftaid)

01.10.13 In memory of both Ryan and Mike Covell.

Kevin & Susan Gallagher £40.00 (+ £10.00 giftaid)

16.09.13 Our pleasure to make a small contribution to such a worthy cause

Nicky £65.00 (+ £16.25 giftaid)

26.05.13 Proceeds of the Cake & sweet sale at Ryan's hockey day, what a beautiful day and fun had by all the players. Tears in my eyes when ever you speak to your audience Michelle & John. What a truelly outstanding achievment in 3 years.

Margaret Thomas £50.00 (+ £12.50 giftaid)

04.04.13 Good for you Sally. Wish I could do it with you. From Mum

Nicky,Nigel,Sophie Ben & Emma £19.00 (+ £4.75 giftaid)

18.03.13 Remembering you on your Birthday Ryan for ever and always in our thoughts xx

David Carter £15.00 (+ £3.75 giftaid)

17.03.13 Always in our thoughts. Dave & Julia

Sue and Simon Beswick £50.00 (+ £12.50 giftaid)

13.01.13 This gift is given on behalf of Camilla Barnes.£50 on her 50th birthday.

Anonymous £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)


Sue Webb £20.00 (+ £5.00 giftaid)


Lee Madan £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)

30.11.12 Donation from colleague of Nicki Holford

Michelle Ruminski £20.00


Liz Carver £50.00 (+ £12.50 giftaid)

04.11.12 You are doing a fantastic job - you are amazing.

Claire Wilson £80.00 (+ £20.00 giftaid)


Tim, Jules, Daisy and Sebastian £50.00 (+ £12.50 giftaid)

09.10.12 Such a good cause, with thanks to Nicki H x

philipa Stephenson £500.00 (+ £125.00 giftaid)


Deborah Hubbard £100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)

28.09.12 Thank you for a truly inspiring event this morning.

Chris & Bill £100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)

18.09.12 John, Michelle & Charlotte great work for a great cause someone somewhere is benefitting from your hard work & kindness. Love & best wishes to you all.

Jo Richings £200.00

29.08.12 Wow £230,000! That is amazing. Well done x

Helping hands £100.00

16.07.12 Best wishes and good luck with the cause .Maggie Thomas

Sandie Foxall-Smith £100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)

04.06.12 Often in our thoughts and prayers The Foxall-Smith's

Anonymous £2.00 (+ £0.50 giftaid)


Rachel Lloyd-Ellis £20.00 (+ £5.00 giftaid)


David Carter £50.00 (+ £12.50 giftaid)

04.04.12 Sorry I was not able to come to the hockey match. I understand a good time was had by all.

Nicky Nigel Sophie Ben & Emma £18.00 (+ £4.50 giftaid)

18.03.12 Remembering you on your Birthday Ryan, never forgotten, from the Turners

Bill, Lorraine, Tash & Dan Bresnahan £100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)

18.03.12 Happy Birthday Ryan miss you always all our love.

Anonymous £10.00


Celeste Carter £50.00 (+ £12.50 giftaid)

18.12.11 No Christmas cards this year......xxx

Anonymous £200.00 (+ £50.00 giftaid)


Rob Carter £66.90

21.11.11 thanks to all my swearing clients.....

Rob Carter £75.00

20.11.11 It's the winning that counts - not the taking part......

Jo Richings £30.00 (+ £7.50 giftaid)


Tina & Peter Cumberlidge £80.00 (+ £20.00 giftaid)

14.09.11 Collected at our Silver Wedding Anniversary Party, donated by kind friends!

Emma Capener £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)

01.09.11 A very sad story but it is inspiring to see how much his family have done in setting up this charity. Good luck with your future fundraising.

Anonymous £20.00 (+ £5.00 giftaid)


Anonymous £50.00 (+ £12.50 giftaid)


Sue Raby £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)

06.07.11 good luck with all your fundraising events

Philip & Sam £40.00 (+ £10.00 giftaid)

05.07.11 Well done Nigel

Kate and David, Granville Point. £20.00 (+ £5.00 giftaid)

24.06.11 With best wishes to Mike Turner - etc - for their epic bike ride starting today, 24/6/2011! And warmest best wishes to Ryan's family.

Sue Tarr £250.00 (+ £62.50 giftaid)

13.05.11 Well done John in The London Marathon. All the best to you all.

James Scrimshaw £100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)

10.05.11 Amazing website....a very touching celebration of Ryans life.It was a real pleasure to treat Ryan some years back.He was such a bright and funny lad,so inquisitive & extremely positive.Love and best wishes to you and best of luck with your charity goals.

Anonymous £500.00

14.04.11 It's a Knockout Event - M & A Gallagher (Eri's Vikings)

Kate Upton £25.00 (+ £7.05 giftaid)

18.03.11 Happy 17th birthday Ryan, love from us all in Devon, Kate, Len, Chloe & Jim Upton xxx

Rhys Bratchie-Watkins £300.00

01.03.11 :)

Chris Stribling Heritage Estate Agents £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)


Joan Dale £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)

19.02.11 Grandmother of a friend, who just felt moved to try and help. x

Matt Miller £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)

16.02.11 Best wishes

Sally-Ann Egginton £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)

17.01.11 With love from the Eggintons


mandy £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)

15.12.10 to you all at christmas xxx

Helen Buono £5.00 (+ £1.41 giftaid)

31.10.10 I bought a yummy Sue Simpson lemon cake for my husbands birthday, my 9 yr old daughter laughed when i told the story of Ryan and the cake . what a beautiful boy the letter touched the heart of my family xx our thoughts are with you xx


Ann & Wayne Vickery £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)

10.10.10 So shocked to hear the sad news of the terrible loss of Ryan. Fantastic work you are doing with the fund raising appeal.

Local Rugby enthusiasts £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)

28.09.10 Hope tonight's rugby event goes well. Sorry we can't be there.

Ian Harris £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)


Anonymous £100.00 (+ £28.21 giftaid)

20.09.10 For Sal and Rob and all the half marathon runners - well done! xxx

The Kingscott's £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)

19.09.10 Well done Kirsty!

Christine & Bill £100.00 (+ £28.21 giftaid)

19.09.10 Best wishes to everyone such a great cause we are so thrilled how well it,s doing.

Claire Battye £50.00 (+ £14.10 giftaid)

18.09.10 Hi John & family, we are sending some cheques from dress down days. This is a donation from me.

Ron Easton £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)


Grandma & Grandad Bresnahan £1000.00

13.09.10 To our brilliant unforgetable grandson Ryan. A thoughtful young man with a great personality. He set an example to all his younger cousins and friends. He brought joy and admiration to all the family. Ryan will always be forever in our thoughts.

Anonymous £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)


Innes Hall £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)

09.09.10 All the best. Its a great cause. Amazed by the website.

Anonymous £30.00 (+ £8.46 giftaid)


The Elliott family, Beverley, East Yorks £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)

08.09.10 Well done to everyone who has helped in raising money for such a worthwhile cause.

John Robson £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)

07.09.10 Good luck to you all

Ross Kynvin £25.00 (+ £7.05 giftaid)

06.09.10 Good luck with the "it's a knockout" event! Cheers Ros


David Holton £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)

06.09.10 All the best, good luck getting to the total!

Tony Comport £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)


Nicky Turner £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)

05.09.10 John Thinking of you today. Shame its pouring with rain- but will keep you cool! Your determination and love for Ryan will get you through today. Best of luck Nicky,Nigel,Sophie,Ben & Emma xx

Annette Hamlen £50.00 (+ £14.10 giftaid)

03.09.10 With love and best wishes from Annette, Amy & Joe Hamlenx

Anonymous £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)


The Royals £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)


Alastair Beswick £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)


Steven Scott £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)


Wendy Secka (nee Drake) £50.00 (+ £14.10 giftaid)

27.08.10 Unc Billy Brez is a close friend of mine and I know how much he is affected by Ryan's premature passing. I've never met Ryan, but am inspired by his story. He achieved in 16 yrs what some people never achieve in 80. You must be so proud. Wx

Lee Reeves £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)

27.08.10 Very best of luck in getting to your total

John O. Scott £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)


David O'Dea £25.00 (+ £7.05 giftaid)

24.08.10 John, good luck in the half marathon.

Anonymous £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)


Viv Hignell £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)

23.08.10 Every best wish for the fund raising

Paul Thomas (LTSB) £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)


Jo Soar, Nottingham £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)

23.08.10 Good luck to Dave Glew in the Bristol half marathon. You can do it !

Jane Install £10.00 (+ £2.82 giftaid)


Jan £20.00 (+ £5.64 giftaid)

06.07.10 Good luck to Penny and family on their bike ride. Jan

Hattie Briggs' Cake Sale £144.96

02.07.10 I held a cake sale today (Friday 2nd July) at my school, Norwich High School for Girls GDST. My Mum, sister and friends helped me, and in total we raised £144.96. I am so pleased to be able to contribute to Ryan's fund. Hattie Briggs xxx

The McGeoch family £100.00 (+ £28.21 giftaid)

28.06.10 Ryan will always be an inspiration to the younger boys.

Millie Burgess - Clifton College Prep School £164.86

25.06.10 Thanks to all the girls in South Town for supporting our cake sale.

Anonymous £90.00

16.06.10 This is money raised from the Clifton College Prep School staff from their World Cup Sweepstake in memory of Ryan.

Recent donors

27.08.17 Given in gratitude for the generosity of Andrew and Elisabeth

03.08.17 just testing




16.07.17 Lovely to meet you Sue x


21.06.17 I work for SunLife and we did a charity lottery which I won which meant I was able to chose a charity to put the proceeds to. My boyfriend suggested this charity as he went to school with Ryan and I thought it was a good cause.



20.03.17 Proud to have raised this money through Durham university's new student night, DateNight.

17.03.17 Thinking of you Ryan on your 23rd birthday, for ever and always in our thoughts Nicky, Nigel, Sophie, Ben and Emma

20.02.17 As always xxx



15.08.16 Amazing vision for someone who seemed to be an amazing young man hope all you are doing makes a difference to health research and health interventions

08.08.16 With lots of love, JP, Helen and Sophie



01.06.16 On behalf of our good neighbour Chris Wyatt! Thanks for your help, Chris!

04.04.16 From Chris Richardson and all at CPS Grounds Ltd

18.03.16 Happy Birthday Ryan never forgotten, and thinking of you and your family today love Nicky Nigel Sophie Ben and Emma


05.10.15 Looking forward to next years memorial match already!

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