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Meningitis fundraiser in memory of Ripon boy

Meningitis fundraiser in memory of Ripon boy

Published at 11:21am 22nd November 2018.

The family of a Ripon boy who lost his life to meningitis are fundraising in his memory. 

  • Lee Windle died of meningitis when he was just 8-years-old 
  • This year marks the year he would have turned 30 
  • In his memory his family are fundraising for The Meningitis Research Foundation

This weekend a fundraising disco and raffle will be held in Ripon in Lee Windle's memory. 

But his family are encouraging people to donate to their Just Giving page in order to raise as much money possible for Meningitis Research Foundation

Lee Windle
Lee was just 8-years-old when he suddenly contracted the deadly disease

Globally, 1,000 die daily of the disease. 

Money raised  by the charity is invested in research and campaigns, as well as support for those affected. 

The idea for the fundraiser came from Gracie Harding, the girlfriend of Lee's brother, Marc. 

She said: 

"I just really wanted to do something to remember Lee and celebrate his life, and this year is a great opportunity to do that. 

"As well as raising money, it's really important to raise awareness of meningitis as well and encourage everyone to know the symptoms." 

Lee's Mum, Tracy Windle, has previously backed calls to immunise all children against the infection

She says it's vital parents know what signs to look out for. 

Tracy said: 

"It's a word most parents dread, and you think it's never going to happen to you.

"It's so important to be aware and trust your instincts as a parent. If you know they're not well, get them checked out.

"It's also important to not wait for the the rash as it's not always visible."

The symptoms of meningitis include: 

  • Fever and vomiting 
  • Severe headaches 
  • Rash (anywhere on the body) 
  • Stiff neck (less common in young children)
  • Dislike of bright lights (less common in young children)
  • Very sleepy/vacant/difficult to wake
  • Confused/ delirious 
  • Seizures (fits)

For more information visit www.meningitis.org

You can donate to Lee's Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/leewindle30