Meningitis charity praises our Jonnie

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I WAS saddened to read that Jonnie Peacock lost his right leg to meningococcal septicaemia aged five.

Everyone at Meningitis UK was touched to read that Jonnie (19) from Doddington beat his hero and fellow “blade runner”, South African Oscar Pistorius in the 100m at the Paralympic Games.

It was amazing to see how proud his mum Linda Roberts is towards her athletic son and we wish the family the best for the future.

Meningitis can strike with incredible speed and the symptoms are notoriously difficult to detect, often being confused with flu.

For these reasons, we believe preventative measures are the best solution. Our sole focus is to fund the development of vaccines and other methods of preventing this devastating disease.

Our Search 4 A Vaccine Campaign aims to raise £7 million to fund lifesaving research into stamping out all forms of meningitis.

In the absence of a vaccine, we also distribute a wide range of material to raise awareness of the common symptoms and the need to act quickly, which can mean the difference between life and death.

If any of your readers would like a symptoms information pack, including wallet-sized symptoms cards, or to find out more about supporting our Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign, they can call Meningitis UK on 0117 947 6320 or visit www.meningitisUK.org

KATE ROWLAND

Chief executive, Meningitis UK