Chichester mum says thanks for fund-raising

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A CHICHESTER mum whose son was affected by meningitis has thanked all the parents and residents who supported an awareness day about the disease.

Sam Dallaway of Norwich Road helped to organise a day aimed at raising awareness and funds for the Meningitis Trust. It was held at Teddy Wilf’s Nursery School at Durnford Close last Thursday.

Mrs Dallaway was blown away by the level of support shown for the cause. Nearly £600 was raised. She organised the event with Anna Jones at the nursery.

“It was really good, the support from parents and other people was just amazing,” she said. “My husband is in the forces based at Thorney Island and he raised £200 from the guys down there.”

When Mrs Dallaway’s son Frankie, who goes to the nursery, was 12 weeks old he was struck down with meningitis.

“I always thought I was fairly informed of the symptoms of meningitis,” she added.

“When Frankie was 12 weeks old he suddenly went off milk and had a temperature. I took him to the doctors and noticed one pin prick mark under his arms. By the time we went from the doctors to the car he became very ill.

“It was pretty scary. He was too ill to have a lumbar puncture to drain out the meningitis so they put him on antibiotics.”

Fortunately Frankie, now aged four, recovered after being put on antibiotics.