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Lydia & Millie Cross become meningitis ambassadors

A North Devon schoolgirl is raising awareness of an infection that almost cost her and her sister their lives.

Lydia Cross from Braunton and her younger sister Millie are now ambassadors for the Meningitis Research foundation.

Lydia has made national news in recent years for dealing so well with her prosthetic legs after having both legs amputated below the knee. Millie, though, was the more seriously ill at the time.

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Mother of daughter who contracted meningitis from her cat speaks out

Chelsea-Anne with her daughter Sparkle Credit: ITV West Country News

The mother of a little girl from Somerset has been explaining how her daughter caught meningitis from her cat when she was a baby.

Chelsea-Anne's daughter Sparkle almost died after contracting the disease from her pet cat's saliva. She was in hospital for 3 weeks.

Calls for meningitis vaccine

A Plymouth mother has added her voice to calls for a vaccine to be introduced to combat the potentially deadly form of meninigtis. Anna Bolt's daughter was just 6 years old when she contracted bacterial meningitis - or Meningitis B - earlier this year.

The disease can be difficult to diagnose with symptoms ranging from a headache and stiff neck to vomiting, fever, a dislike of bright lights and a rash. Every week, six families in the UK lose a loved one because of it. Jeff Welch reports.

West Country mother's warning about meningitis

Anna and daughter Lily Credit: ITV News West Country

As part of Meningitis Awareness Week, a West Country mum has been talking about her first hand experience of the disease. Anna Bolt's daughter Lily was just six when she contracted bacterial meningitis earlier this year.

It can strike without warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life altering after effects. Fortunately her daughter has now made a full recovery.

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Mother begins campaign after meningitis death

A mother who lost her son to meningitis just two weeks before his wedding has launched a roadshow in Cornwall. Shane White from Lostwithiel was rushed to hospital after originally complaining of a sore throat and stomach ache. Just eight hours later he died.

Now Ros White is taking to the road to raise awarenesss of the signs and symptoms of a deadly disease.

Ros will be joined on her roadshow by Steve Dayman, the founder of Meningitis UK. To see our recent interview with him, click here.

To find out more about meningitis, click here.

"Meningitis - Keep Watching" campaign

The Exeter Picturehouse cinema is to screen a special film highlighting the risks to children of developing meningitis. It's called Meningitis: Keep Watching - and will be shown to mothers and babies coming to the "Big Scream" screening.

It's part of a major new awareness campaign which is being co-ordinated by three west-based charities. Every week six families in the UK lose a loved one to meningitis and its associated diseases.

Here's a short version of the film, which has been produced jointly by the Meningitis Trust, Meningitis UK and the Meningitis Research Foundation.