The fundraising ball for us will remember Harry Done and Ellie-Mai O’Gorman, both of whom lost their battle with the devastating disease.
It has been organised by Louise and John Done, from Bolton, who lost their eight-month-old son Harry in February last year, and Louise’s friend Julie Irwin.
Harry’s death turned family life upside down. “We are still coming to terms with the loss of our beautiful son,” Louise said. “We have been trying to live a normal life the best we can but in reality it feels like we are living in a parallel world.”
“Meningitis Now has been a great support to us and it feels really important that we do what we can to raise money and awareness about this disease through holding this ball.”
“We hope people will have an enjoyable time but the ball is as much about raising awareness of the disease that took the lives of these precious angels and helping to prevent other families facing the suffering we have endured.”
The ball will also remember Ellie-Mai O’Gorman, also from Bolton, who died at just eight weeks in 2009. The two families became close through their shared experiences.
“We’d really like to thank all the individuals and companies who have donated prizes or given their services free of charge to help make the ball a success,” Louise added “and in particular the main sponsor Stephenson’s Solicitors.”
Our founder Steve Dayman, who has dedicated his life to fighting the disease following the death of his young son Spencer in 1982, will also be attending and speaking at the ball.
He said: “Thank you so much to Louise and John, and everyone who’s helping with this fantastic event. Their efforts will make a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.”
Also attending will be Emma Moore, from Preston. She became our Community Ambassador in the North West after losing her 10-month-old son George to meningitis in 2013.