Dale Burr, headteacher of Oakhurst Primary School, has committed the school to supporting the work of the Meningitis Trust and hopes to hold an awareness raising evening in the Autumn.
Parents Scottie and Asana Kern from Pioneer Road approached Mr Burr shortly after their five year old son Sami had settled in, only a few months after their second son Cailan died in Great Western Hospital on 11 May.
Eleven month old Cailan had become unwell the day before, and despite being examined by four doctors and a consultant paediatrician, he was diagnosed with meningitis less than three hours before he died.
Now Scottie wants parents and carers to be a lot more aware of the disease and is focussed on promoting the work of the trust to remember Cailan. He said “I would urge parents to have children vaccinated against meningitis and not be afraid to challenge doctors if they sense that something is not right.”
On 29 March Oakhurst children took part in a duck hunt to raise money for the Meningitis Trust which Mr Burr wants to make an annual event.
For advice the Meningitis Trust has a 24 hour nurse-led helpline on 0800 0281828.