Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Meningitis victim Mia's family supporting Pumpkin Parade

Andy Hopkinson | 29th September 2019

Parents who lost their young daughter to meningitis are inviting other families from across Yorkshire and further afield to join them for our Pumpkin Parade and help fight back against the deadly disease

Meningitis Now fundraising event Pumpkin Parade supported by family of meningitis victim Mia

Becky and Matthew Bright, from Barnsley, saw their lives turned upside down when their daughter Mia, coming up to 18 months, contracted the disease and sadly died.

“She was such a happy, smiley little girl, who lit up any room she walked into with her bright red hair, gorgeous big blue eyes and lovely smile – she was full of life,” Becky said.

“We had so much love for her, so many plans, as we watched her grow. She had grown such a strong personality, she was our world and we were so happy.”

But on 9 March 2016 Mia became poorly and was rushed to hospital.

Precious little girl

”All the doctors were rushing around frantically, but this just wasn’t enough and we had lost our precious little girl to meningitis,” Becky added.

Since then Becky and her wider family have supported our lifesaving and life-changing work with a series of fundraising and awareness raising events.

“We are determined to raise awareness and events like the Pumpkin Parade are a really great way to share our story and make others aware of this disease,” she said.

“Before we lost Mia we never really knew much about meningitis."

“The more people know about this devastating disease, the better placed they are to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

Becky and Matthew will take their 10-month-old son Oscar along to join in the fun and remember his big sister.

Please join us

“Please join us at the Pumpkin Parade and help prevent other families from going through the same heartbreak we have,” Becky added.

Our Pumpkin Parade takes place in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield, on Sunday 20 October between 2 and 5pm. Families signing up will be given a pumpkin on arrival and at about 4pm will parade around the park on a 2.5km walk, where they will be treated to a spooky Halloween story or two from Kirklees Library storytellers.

Adding to the entertainment will be The KT Dance Academy young dance troupe, who will perform two Halloween dances, and Scisett Youth Band, who will lead the parade with a suitable medley of music.

Fancy dress welcome

Sarah Lockey, our regional fundraiser, said, “Our Pumpkin Parade is a spook-tacular lantern-lit, family fun event, aiming to raise valuable funds and awareness to continue our fight against meningitis and support those families who have been affected by this disease. Fancy dress is welcomed – especially pumpkins – and we’ll have face painters and stalls on the day."

“We would love each of the families taking part to pledge to raise £50 in sponsorship to help us continue our vital lifesaving and life-changing work."

Sarah added, “We’re really grateful to to Stafflex Recruitment Agency, Huddersfield for being our main sponsor. If anyone else would like to support the event, either by helping to sponsor it or by running a stall, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.”

Sign up today on our Pumpkin Parade web page, or by emailing Sarah at, and get your registration pack.

Tickets only cost £10 for a family (four people) and £3 for additional tickets. Tickets are also available by phone from our Head Office on 01453 768 000.

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