Such was his popularity, Chris’ untimely death prompted a mass moped ride through his hometown the following day, with over 500 people paying their respects.
Some 700 people also attended his funeral.
The former Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School pupil developed a fever, sore throat and felt sick on the morning, November 17, 2010.
His mum Karen, 43, spoke to a doctor who thought it was a virus and suggested diluting paracetamol. When they checked on him in the night, they were stunned that Chris had a rash on his face, chest and arms.
Renishaw worker Karen immediately suspected meningitis and called an ambulance, but Chris was critical and his organs began to fail and his heart stopped. Despite several resuscitation attempts, the popular teenager died at 5.15am.
Since, parents Karen and Steve, and 20-year-old sister Bex have devotedly fundraised for Meningitis Now to save others from a similar ordeal.
Karen said: “Our lives will never be the same – we talk about Chris every day – it’s devastating. Fundraising helps with the grieving process – it keeps us focused on the next thing we’re doing. I know we can’t bring Chris back."
“We’re delighted to surpass £35,000 in Chris’ memory for the charity. But we won’t stop because the sooner they eradicate every strain the better.”
Although smashing the milestone, they host their latest annual Fun Day for Stroud-based Meningitis Now on Saturday, May 30, at Synwell Playing Fields, Wotton, from 1pm. Entertainment includes bubble football, children’s rides, classic cars, street dancing, hog roast, barbecue, raffle, tombola, stalls, live music and evening disco.
Karen said: “The day has something for everyone and we want to raise as much as possible to protect future generations."
Anyone wishing to donate cakes or raffle prizes, call Karen on 01453 520270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org