Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Sophie Allport's Forever Fund donation in memory of Alexander

Andy Hopkinson | 26th August 2021

We’d like to say a huge thank you to homewares and lifestyle brand Sophie Allport, for a very generous recent corporate donation of £2,000 towards our ongoing work

Meningitis Now corporate partner Sophie Allport donate to Forever Fund

The company made the donation through the Forever Fund for Alexander Pateman, son of Sophie Allport staff member Hayley Pateman.

Alexander was born on 22 July 2005, fit and healthy. Sadly, at just 19 weeks old he woke early one morning, which was very unusual, and was taken to hospital.

After various tests he was deemed to be fine, and the family went home. 

But by the afternoon Alexander had become very sleepy and soon the tell-tale rash started to appear. 

He was taken straight to hospital, but despite the doctors’ best efforts he died at 5pm from meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia

Very much missed

Hayley, from Bourne in Lincolnshire, said: “He is very much missed by all his family, but in his very short life he did so much and touched so many people.”

The family set up a Forever Fund, a lasting way to remember someone special to you, whilst raising vital funds to fight meningitis, in Alexander’s memory. This has raised £27,145 to date, including the Sophie Allport donation.

Sarah Ramsay, our Partnerships Manager, said: “As a charity that relies on donations, support from businesses is vital in enabling us to sustain our lifesaving and life-changing services and we’re really grateful to Sophie Allport for supporting our work in this way.

“It will help us to reach out to everyone who needs our help, support and information. 

“We would also like to say a special thank you to Sophie Allport for supporting us with raffle prizes for our events, as we continue our fight to defeat meningitis in the UK within a generation.”