Walk will raise cash in memory of baby William and help fight meningitis

FUNDRAISING Amy Bevis with her children, left, Charlie and Chloe-Ann and partner Richard Fraser with his son Charlie.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121683-3088)
FUNDRAISING Amy Bevis with her children, left, Charlie and Chloe-Ann and partner Richard Fraser with his son Charlie. Picture: Sarah Standing (121683-3088)
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HE MAY have gone too soon, but the family of baby William Fraser are making sure he will never be forgotten.

At just 19 days old, William died after contracting meningitis.

TRIBUTE William  pictured at one day old

TRIBUTE William pictured at one day old

Now his parents Amy Bevis and Richard Fraser, 28, are holding a seven-and-a-half mile walk in his memory and to raise money for a charity.

Mum Amy, 28, of Weybridge Close, Sarisbury Green, said: ‘We want to raise awareness of the condition and the charity Meningitis Trust, which helped.

‘We’ve got around 100 people taking part in the sponsored walk and have so far raised £3,000.’

The walk, which takes place tomorrow, starts at 10am in Warsash and ends in Hamble.

Afterwards, a disco is being held at the Salterns Working Mens Club, in Newtown Road, Warsash.

‘We’re very grateful to people that are taking part in the walk,’ added Amy.

‘We’re planning to have other fundraising events in the future.’

As previously reported in The News, baby William was born last November at his home, weighing a healthy 8lb 8oz.

But within days he had become poorly and wasn’t feeding well.

Worried Amy, who works as a healthcare support worker, called her midwife and then her doctor for help.

But the disease wasn’t spotted and when her son’s health failed to improve, Amy took him to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, where tests revealed he had pneumococcal meningitis. After family members said an emotional goodbye to William, he was brought home where he died on November 21.

His legacy will live on though as his family were determined to make sure that one day no other family has to go through the turmoil they did.

When they were asked if William’s heart valves could be put on the organ donor register, they did not hesitate to say yes.

The pair then received a letter from a hospital in Oxford, telling them that thanks to that donation, William had saved the lives of two babies.