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Dartford woman turns fundraiser after sister's death from meningitis

Zoe Hogan was a fit and healthy mother of two young girls, before she was struck down by a form of meningitis. She was just 35 years old when she died. Her sister, Leoni, who is from Dartford, was determined that some good would come from the tragedy.

She has collected almost £50,000 through fundraising and has now become an ambassador for the Meningitis Research Foundation during Meningitis Awareness Week, which started on Monday. More now from Tom Savides.

Dartford charity worker calls for meningitis awareness

Leoni Gabell from Dartford, a regional ambassador for national charity Meningitis Research Foundation is encouraging her local community to Be MeningitisWise during the charity's annual Meningitis Awareness Week (17-23 September) as she has first-hand experience of the disease.

Meningitis and septicaemia affects around 3,600 people in the UK and Ireland annually. They are deadly diseases that can strike anyone without warning, killing one in 10, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life altering after-effects from deafness and brain damage to loss of limbs.

MRF's project Counting the Cost of Meningitis estimates that the life-long costs to the UK Government of medical treatment and ongoing care for a person seriously disabled by the disease are around £3million.