A post on George’s Forever Fund page marks the milestone and says: “All for you our precious little Angel George. We love and miss you every day and you are always here in our hearts until we are together again ♥️ Lots of love Mummy, Daddy, Henry and Maci xxxxx”
Emma became a Community Ambassador for us in 2015 after losing George to meningitis in October 2013, when he was just 10 months old.
Happiest, liveliest, giggliest little baby
“George was the happiest, liveliest, giggliest little baby you could ever meet,” Emma said. “He rarely cried, was always into everything and loved to make people smile. We managed to squeeze so much into those precious, short 10 months we were privileged to have him for."
George became ill very suddenly on his first ever holiday abroad in Tunisia. He went from being tired and clingy to unresponsive, weak and struggling to breathe in the space of a few hours.
“Nothing can prepare you for the loss of a child and to have to carry on life without them beside you is a very hard step to take,” Emma added. “With the support, kindness and help of this amazing charity I feel that George’s life has saved so many others, including my own.
Focus to carry on
“Meningitis Now has given me the focus to carry on, to honour George’s life and memory. I feel George’s life means so much to so many people because of the money he’s inspired people to raise and donate.”
Together with family and friends they have taken part in a variety of our fundraising events, including the Morecambe Bay walk, Great North Run, London Marathon and the Wales 30th Anniversary zipline.
They have also organised their own events including comedy nights, dinner dances, bowls tournaments and race nights.
Family Days and Forever Days
In return, we have supported Emma and her family in a number of ways, including through our Family Days and Forever Days. “Henry and Maci (Emma’s other children) love coming along to Meningitis Now events and it’s a lovely way to remember George all together as a family.”
And the family hasn’t stopped with their efforts yet. “We aim to raise as much money as we can to fight this horrible disease, so that other families don’t have to suffer this awful, unimaginable tragedy and so that we can put a stop to this disease in George’s memory.”
Tributes from Tom
Congratulations on Emma and the family’s fundraising efforts have been led by our chief executive Tom Nutt.
He commented: “What a fantastic achievement and we’re so grateful to Emma and everyone who has contributed to George’s Forever Fund in his memory – it really is a remarkable achievement to reach this milestone and especially to keep fundraising going during all the distractions and hardships of the Covid pandemic.
“Their efforts have already made a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have been changed forever because of it.
“It’s also lovely to hear how Emma and her family enjoy our events and how being one of our much-valued Community Ambassadors has helped her – we’re delighted and privileged to have you as a member of our Meningitis Now community, Emma.”