King’s Lynn couple to raise cash in memory of their son

A couple are organising a charity walk in memory of their son who was struck down by meningitis.

Gemma Norris and Ben Davey were left devastated after their three-year-old son, Jacob, died on March 3 after falling victim to Meningitis B, the most common strain of the disease.

But now the couple are determined to help find a vaccine and will lead a walk from King's Lynn to Hunstanton to raise money for the Meningitis Trust and Meningitis UK.

Mr Davey said: 'We are asking people to dress up in fancy dress to take part in the walk because we want it to be fun.

'It would be great if lots of families came out for the walk and helped us raise a lot of money for the two charities as well as raising awareness about meningitis.'

The 20-mile walk to The Green in Hunstanton on May 22 will come a day after the couple and their youngest son Stephen, three, would have celebrated Jacob's fifth birthday at their King's Lynn home.

Miss Norris, 23, who also lost her father to the disease, added: 'Meningitis can strike so quickly, and often the symptoms are so similar to common illnesses that it's impossible to spot.

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'That is why I feel that a vaccine is the only way to save people's lives.

'I would urge every parent to make sure they know the full range of symptoms and to trust their instincts and take their child to hospital if they suspect something's wrong.'

The couple have already set up a tribute fund in memory of Jacob, which hopes to raise money towards finding a vaccine for Meningitis B.

To make a donation visit www.meningitisuk.tributefunds.com and search for Jacob Ben Davey.

For more information about the walk e-mail bdavey02@btinternet.com.