Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Bucks Fizz star's daughter rushed to hospital with meningitis

Andy Hopkinson | 19th April 2022

The teenage daughter of Bucks Fizz star Jay Aston has been rushed to hospital and diagnosed with bacterial meningitis

Buck Fizz star Jay Aston's daughter ill with meningitis (photo credit @jay_aston_official Instagram)

Image credit: @jay_aston_official on Instagram

Josie, 18, was put in an induced coma but the family hopes she will be out of hospital this week.

Speaking to The Mirror newspaper, Jay Aston said: “'It’s been absolutely devastating. We were told it was 50/50 whether she would pull through.”

Jay noticed a rash on Josie's arm in March, which she immediately recognised as meningitis as her husband Dave Colquhoun, Josie’s father, had contracted it 19 years earlier. 

She rushed her to hospital, which doctors later said saved Josie's life, and within an hour Josie’s entire body was covered in the rash.

Our chief executive Dr Tom Nutt said: 

“We’re sorry to hear about Jay Aston’s daughter contracting meningitis and wish Josie and her family well for a speedy and full recovery.  

“Jay did exactly the right thing when she responded quickly to Josie’s symptoms and rushed her to hospital – meningitis is a medical emergency, so it's vital to act fast and seek medical assistance. 

Learn the signs and symptoms

“We would also urge everyone to take a few minutes to learn the signs and symptoms of the disease and to act quickly if they suspect it. 

"The early signs can be similar to flu and include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and muscle pain. 

"More specific signs and symptoms include fever with cold hands and feet, drowsiness, confusion, pale blotchy skin, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights and a rash which doesn’t fade under pressure.

"The rash can be a late sign though and may not appear at all, so our advice is not to wait for a rash." 

Tom added, “Trust your instincts and seek urgent medical help if you suspect the disease, by contacting your GP or calling 111.” 

We have reached out to the family to offer our support. Anyone affected or with any questions and concerns about meningitis can contact the Meningitis Now Helpline on 0808 80 10 388 or email helpline@meningitisnow.org.