Meningitis campaign launched

Meningitis awareness launch at Asda front Steve Dayman charity's Founder, Coral Cox and Gavin Hunter (People's Service manager)
Meningitis awareness launch at Asda front Steve Dayman charity's Founder, Coral Cox and Gavin Hunter (People's Service manager)

The founder of the charity Meningitis UK visited Wisbech on Tuesday to spearhead an awareness launch.

Steve Dayman, who lost his 14 month-old son Spencer to meningitis and septicaemia 30 years ago, brought the charity’s giant awareness trailer to the Asda store in North End.

Steve, who was awarded the MBE for his dedication to fighting meningitis, explained the main focus is to fund vaccine research to wipe out all forms of meningitis and in the meantime, to raise awareness which can be the difference between life and death.

Asda staff member Chris Ferguson knows only too well how important raising awareness is as his 26 year-old daughter contracted meningitis a few years ago and fortunately made a full recovery.

People are being urged to look out for symptoms which include a stiff neck, headache, fever and dislike of bright lights.

Meanwhile, signs of septicaemia (the blood poisoning form) include cold hands and feet, leg pain, abnormal coloured skin and a pin-prick rash that remains when pressure is applied.

Meningitis can kill in under four hours and although successful vaccines exist to protect against some forms, there is still no vaccine to protect against all strains.

For more information on Meningitis UK, the disease, to donate or for a free symptoms pack, call 0117 947 6320 or visit www.meningitisUK.org