Aylsham Valentine’s Day ball for meningitis charity

Danny Sweatman with his wife Susanna and baby Maxwell. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Danny Sweatman with his wife Susanna and baby Maxwell. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A young teacher whose two brothers died from meningitis is continuing to raise funds for an NHS vaccine against the deadly disease.

Ryan Sweatman.

Ryan Sweatman. - Credit: Submitted - October 2012

Danny Sweatman, 29, an Aylsham High School teacher, is behind a Valentine's Day ball at the school to raise funds for the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

The adult dance has been organised by 16-year-old Aylsham high students Lydia Hayman from Reepham, Myles Neal from Briston, and Billy Carrick from Hainford.

Mr Sweatman's family and MRF are fundraising and pushing for a free meningococcal B (MenB) jab vaccine to be included in routine baby vaccinations.

The MenB job was licensed two years ago but is not yet free on the NHS for babies.

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Mr Sweatman, from Church Street in Coltishall, whose 19-year-old brother Ryan died from meningococcal septicaemia in January 2012, said: 'The fundraising has been so important for my family to know that my brothers' deaths have not been in vain. We are keen for other families not to go through what we went through.'

His baby brother, Joe, died from pneumococcal meningitis in 1991 aged just seven weeks. A free vaccine for that strain of meningitis is available.

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Mr Sweatman's family have raised more than £70,000 over three years for MRF and it is the second year a fundraising Valentine's ball has been held at the school.

Ryan Sweatman, a former Broadland High School student, died at Sheffield Hallam University, where he was studying sport development and coaching.

This year's black tie dance and auction starts at 6.30pm, for a 7.30pm meal.

Tickets cost £35 and to book call 01263 733270 or email boxoffice@aylshamhigh.norfolk.sch.uk

Are you organising a fundraiser for a health charity? Email sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

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