Awareness walk in memory of meningitis victim Mia

23rd June 2016

The family and friends of a little girl who died from meningitis are planning a walk in her memory and to raise awareness of the disease that robbed her of her life

Mia's walk
Over 80 people will join in the four mile sponsored walk from Cudworth, through Monk Bretton to the Lundwood Club, in Barnsley, on Saturday (25 June) in memory of Mia Bright, the 18-month-old, who died from the disease in March.

The walk aims to raise awareness of meningitis across the wider community and funds to support us.

Mia’s parents, Matthew Bright and Becky Barton, said: “Mia was such a happy, smiley little girl, who lit up any room she walked into with her bright red hair, gorgeous big blue eyes and gorgeous smile - she was full of life.

“We had so much love for her, so many plans - day trips, holidays, family get-togethers - as we watched her grow. She had grown such a strong personality, she was our world and we were so happy.”

Purple blotches

But on Tuesday 8 March Mia became poorly. At first her mother thought she might be getting chicken pox. However, the spots developed into purple blotches all over her body and Mia was rushed to hospital.

“All the doctors were rushing around frantically, but this just wasn't enough and we had lost our precious little girl to meningitis,” Becky added. Since then the family have campaigned to make the vaccine for Men B more widely available.

The walk has been organised by Damion Krska, Mia’s great uncle, to remember Mia and also say thank you to people in the community who have shown their support for the family.

It starts at 2pm from the Victoria pub in Cudworth and finishes at the Lundwood Club at 6pm, where there will be a tombola, domino card, name the bear competition and bingo. Everyone is welcome to go along. Swinton Insurance, on Peel Street, Barnsley has generously offered to donate £50 for every £100 raised from the walk. The charity is one close to the heart of their Customer Service Assistant Katy Bell who, along with Sharon Holland and Scott Walker from the branch, will join the walk on Saturday to remember Mia.

“As well as remembering Mia we wanted to raise wider awareness of meningitis across the community,” Damion said, “and raise funds for Meningitis Now and their lifesaving and life-changing work at the same time.

“The more people know about this devastating disease, the better placed they are to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

Read Mia's story here