Family’s £2,000 fundraiser following son’s recovery

Vincent, Padraig and Maria Bradley presenting the cheque to Paula Donaghy, Meningitis Research Foundation.

Vincent, Padraig and Maria Bradley presenting the cheque to Paula Donaghy, Meningitis Research Foundation.

An appreciative Dungiven family have said a £2,000 fundraising thank-you following their son’s recovery from meningitis.

Maria and Vincent Bradley have been raising money for Meningitis Research Foundation and the Royal Victoria Hospital’s Paediatric Care Unit.

It follows their son Padraig’s illness scare earlier this year.

At three months old, Padraig was diagnosed with a strain of meningitis B on February 22, 2016. The quick response of the doctors at Altnagelvin Hospital saved Padraig’s life and he was transferred to Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast to receive specialist care.

The staff at the Paediatric Care Unit fought to keep Padraig alive and reduce any risk to his limbs.

The family endured a difficult few weeks, however, Padraig was released from hospital.

At one-year-old, he appears to have made a full recovery – the family are yet to see any ill effects from the meningitis.

Meningitis Research Foundation estimates that there are around 3,200 cases of meningitis and septicaemia every year in the UK.

As many as one in 10 of those affected will die and a third of survivors will be left with after-effects.

The foundation has invested over £18.6 million in research projects, making significant advances both in awareness of meningitis and septicaemia and the development of vaccines.

Since Padraig’s recovery, Maria and Vincent have been involved in fundraising events for Meningitis Research Foundation and have also petitioned local businesses to donate to the charity.

They presented the foundation with a cheque for £2000 on Friday, December 9 and this money will contribute to the work of the foundation to see a world free from meningitis and septicaemia.

Meningitis Research Foundation’s Freefone helpline – 080 8800 3344 – provides information to the general public and those affected by the disease.