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King's Lynn couple raise cash in memory of son

PUBLISHED: 16:40 09 March 2011 | UPDATED: 17:05 09 March 2011

The parents of Jacob Davey who died from meningitus, have been given a plaque by the nursery school that he attended to put on his headstone. Pictured: Jacob's parents Ben Davey and Gemma Norris with their son Stephen (3).

The parents of Jacob Davey who died from meningitus, have been given a plaque by the nursery school that he attended to put on his headstone. Pictured: Jacob's parents Ben Davey and Gemma Norris with their son Stephen (3).

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A year on from the death of their son from meningitis, a King's Lynn couple remain determined to raise money in his name.

Jacoby Davey died aged just three on March 3 last year when he was struck down by the disease which rapidly took hold and led to the meningococcal septicaemia that took his life.

His parents Ben Davey and Gemma Norris immediately launched themselves into raising money for charities researching the condition, and are now planning their second charity walk to help boost funds.

The recent anniversary of his death was particularly poignant for the couple, who have another son Stephen, 3, but Miss Norris said they had been touched by the kindness of the nursery school Jacob had attended.

“They put flowers on his grave and gave us a lovely photo of him in the school garden. They also gave us a plaque to put on his headstone - it was really nice of them,” she said.

Jacob was at the King’s Lynn Nursery, in The Walks, and he had attended as normal on the day he fell ill. But when Miss Norris took him home he wasn’t well.

“I took him to the doctor’s and was told he had a virus and that we should give him some Calpol every four hours,” she said at the time.

Jacob went to bed and when Miss Norris went to his room at 5am the following day he was obviously ill and as she pulled back the covers there was a rash all over his body.

“Jacob started gasping for breath and he wouldn’t respond,” she said.

He was taken to the town’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he later died as a result of the meningococcal bacteria which overwhelmed him as a result of meningitis B - the most common strain of the disease.

The couple organised a sponsored walk from Lynn to Hunstanton last year and are planning to hold another one on Sunday, May 22, when everyone is invited to take part and raise money for the Meningitis Trust and Meningitis UK.

Miss Norris said they want to raise awareness of the disease so parents know what symptoms to watch for and to trust their instincts and take a child to hospital if they suspect something is wrong.

“Often the symptoms are so similar to common illnesses it can be impossible to spot. That is why I feel that a vaccine is the only way to save peoples’ lives,” she said.

The charity walk will be held on the day after Jacob’s birthday.

“Friends and family did it last year and this time we want to open it up to everyone,” said Miss Norris.

They are asking everyone who takes part to wear fancy dress - Mr Davey is planning a repeat performance of walking the 20 miles in a bear suit as he did last year.

“We want as many people as possible to join us,” said Miss Norris.

The walk will start from the nursery in The Walks and finish on The Green, Hunstanton, where nursery staff will be collecting cash on the day.

Anyone who would like to take part should email Mr Davey at bdavey02@btinternet.com.

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