I was deeply saddened to learn of the recent death of a Northumbria University student from meningococcal (group W) meningitis just days after starting university.
On behalf of Meningitis Now, which represents thousands of families affected by the devastation caused by meningitis and associated diseases, I pass on our heartfelt sympathies to this young lady’s parents, her family and friends.
Meningitis and septicaemia are often difficult to diagnose and can kill in hours.
I lost my baby son, Spencer, to the disease some time ago and can well imagine the pain that all those who knew her are suffering.
We are here to help the family and anyone who has been affected by this tragic loss.
As a charity, we are fighting back against all forms of meningitis-related disease.
Because it can strike quickly and be difficult to detect, we fund pioneering preventative research to wipe out meningitis, as well as provide support and care to those affected.
We are working closely with student groups and universities to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of this disease, and to encourage young people to receive the life-saving Men ACWY vaccine (pictured).
For a free symptoms information pack, or further information, please call our freephone helpline on 0808 801 0388 or visit www.MeningitisNow.org.