MORE than 100 people came together for a fundraising walk in memory of a baby who died from meningitis.
The group of children and adults walked seven miles from Warsash to Hamble to remember William Fraser, who died of the disease in 2011 when he was 19 days old.
William’s mother, Amy Fraser, said she was delighted so many people had joined in the walk.
Ms Fraser, 30 of Sarisbury Green, said she wanted to help stop other people going through the trauma of losing a loved one to meningitis.
‘We want to keep William’s memory alive and keep any other families from suffering the pain and anguish that we have,’ she said.
Ms Fraser said money raised would go Meningitis Now, a charity which funds research into finding preventative vaccines for the disease.
Meningitis Now was founded by Steve Dayman and his wife, Gloria, after they lost their son to meningitis in 1982. Ms Fraser said the charity had been of great help after William died.
She said: ‘We want to give something back to Meningitis Now because without their support after losing William I don’t think myself or my family would have got through it.
‘Steve Dayman is a wonderful man and the support that they give is fantastic so we want to do all we can to support them.’
The event was the second fundraising walk organised in William’s memory, and Ms Fraser said she hoped up to £4,000 would be raised.
Ms Fraser said that since William died her family had also run marathons and organised a summer fair, a quiz night and a disco, all to raise money for meningitis research and awareness of the disease.
William was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis and taken to Southampton General Hospital. He later died back at home.
To learn more about William’s story or to donate to Meningitis Now, visit meningitisnowforeverfunds.tributefunds.com/fund/William+Richard+Fraser.