Charity fundraiser exceeds all expectations

15th May 2015

A charity night to celebrate a little boy’s life and fight the deadly disease that robbed him of it has helped to raise nearly £11,500 for us


Joanne Mills and Dave Fleming, of Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire organised the evening in loving memory of their son Alfie, who died from meningitis last November.

Alfie, aged 2 years 10 months, fell ill with sickness and stomach pains and was initially diagnosed with a minor throat infection. He was sent home with medication but his condition deteriorated and he was rushed back to hospital when he became unresponsive and floppy.

Alfie was placed in a medical coma but the disease proved too much for his body and, just 24 hours after falling ill, he lost his brave fight and died with his parents at his side.

The couple organised a night of music and entertainment, as well as a raffle and auction, at the Royal British Legion Club in Cleveleys on Friday 27 February to remember Alfie and raise funds for us to help in our fight against the disease. Over 250 people went along to show their support.

“We were hoping to raise at least £1,000 but thanks to the generosity of everyone who supported the evening we made over ten times that” Joanne said

“I’d really like to thank all the local businesses who helped make the event such a success and everyone who came along on the evening – we’re so pleased to be able to make such a significant contribution to fighting back against this awful disease and hopefully sparing other families from the agony of what we’ve been through.”

Joanne and Dave also held a psychic night last December which contributed £1,140 to the overall total. “We’re really grateful to Sue Forrest for making that evening such a success” Joanne added.

The fundraising evening was attended by our founder Steve Dayman MBE, who launched the charity after losing his baby Spencer to the disease in 1982.

He said: “What a fantastic fundraising evening Joanne and Dave organised. We’re really grateful to them, their family and friends for their support, and thank them for everything they did and are doing to help us in our work."

“Events like this make a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it."

“What happened to Alfie sadly illustrates how fast meningitis can strike, with few symptoms to distinguish it from more common illnesses.”

Roya Armstrong, our North West Community Fundraiser, added: “We rely on the energy, enthusiasm and initiative of supporters like Joanne and Dave to raise the funds we need each and every day to continue our vital research, awareness and support work. Thank you both, we really appreciate your support.”