What is encephalitis?

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain caused by an infection or through the immune system attacking the brain in error.



Watch: Stolen Lives

A short video about the impact that encephalitis has on individuals and their family members

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Annual Members' Meeting 2017

We are inviting families to join us at our Annual Members' Meeting in central London on Saturday, September 30. Places are free to all.




Tickets: From £0.00

Author: Andrew Pitt

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel,913 Bloomsbury Street, London

Charity of the Year!

The Encephalitis Society is named Charity of the Year in the 2017 Charity Times Awards


Author: Andrew Pitt

  • 500k

    People are affected by encephalitis globally each year

  • 80%

    of the UK general public do not know what encephalitis is

  • 42m

    People reached during our 2017 World Encephalitis Day campaign

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Fundraising events

  • Accumulator Challenge

    During November, 30 teams of up to 6 people will each be given £30 and challenged to accumulate as much money as their brains and bodies can achieve. Read more