The Encephalitis Society has been honoured with two trophies from a leading awards ceremony.  

Rebecca Adlington was highly commended for her work as our ambassador while we also won Communications Campaign of the Year for World Encephalitis Day 2019 at the Third Sector Awards in London on Thursday, September 19.

Dr Ava Easton, Chief Executive of the Encephalitis Society, said:

This was a very special night for everyone involved with the Encephalitis Society.

Becky has been a passionate supporter of our work for over 10 years now and knows first-hand the devastation that this neurological condition can have on families.

She has also been a key player in helping us to grow World Encephalitis Day, our campaign which seeks to raise awareness of brain inflammation.

I am very proud that all our hard work has been recognised in the Third Sector Awards and we hope that our supporters are equally as proud that we are having such success on a national and international stage.

Our award for World Encephalitis Day is very special for everyone involved with the Encephalitis Society. We first held our global awareness day on February 22, 2014, and have overseen the growth of the campaign to the point that it reached nearly 50 million people through traditional media and social media earlier this year.

Rebecca, a four-time Olympic medallist, added:

The work that the Encephalitis Society does is so important. I have been fortunate to meet many people whose lives have been changed by encephalitis and I am delighted to support them and the Encephalitis Society in any way I can.

Photo courtesy of Paul Wicks and