Tracy, who has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the disease and funds to fight it since her son Ashley, seven, died from it 20 years ago, was nominated in the Charity Champion category of the awards, which recognise Somerset’s unsung heroes.
Her fundraising efforts have so far raised £45,000 towards our lifesaving and life-changing research, awareness and support programmes.
Tracy said: “I fundraise in memory of my son Ashley and I will not give up on the legacy I made for him – I will keep on fighting. I just want to do all I can to help make some good out of my sadness and loss and to stop other families from feeling the pain I feel after losing Ashley."
Special little man
“He was and always will be my special little man and not a day goes by without thinking of what could and should have been our life.”
Tracy’s fundraising efforts have included organising football matches and dances, and she even took on the charity’s 21-mile Five Valleys Walk in September this year.
Our founder, Steve Dayman, who joined Tracy at the awards event, said: “Congratulations to Tracy on this richly-deserved nomination. Her efforts make a real difference in tackling the devastation this disease brings. What she has achieved, aided by her family and friends, is phenomenal."
“Her support will help us achieve our ultimate vision, where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need.”