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Bereaved families to meet Health Secretary

Izzy Gentry, (left) and George Zographou, (right). Credit: ITV News

The families of two teenagers from Bristol, who died from meningitis within 18 months of each other, are to meet the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today.

16-year-old Izzy Gentry and 18-year-old George Zographou were pupils at St Brendan's Sixth Form College.

Since their deaths in May 2016 and August 2017, both families have been campaigning for more people to get vaccinated.

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Fundraiser planned in memory of Bristol teenager who died from meningitis

George Zographou would have celebrated his 19th birthday this week. Credit: Facebook

This Sunday will see a day of fundraising in memory of a Bristol teenager who lost his life to meningitis last month.

George Zographou showed symptoms of meningitis while attending Boardmaster’s festival in Cornwall.

He later died from the rare meningitis B strain.

George would have celebrated his 19th birthday this week.

The fundraiser will feature a special football match with ex professional players from local clubs including Bristol City’s Louis Carey.

There will also be a book of condolences for people to sign and pictures of George will be played in a slide show on a screen inside the clubhouse.

Organisers say all money raised will be split between Meningitis Now and the Royal Cornwall Hospital, who looked after George in his final hours.

George's sister Nicola says the event has provided the family with comfort knowing they are raising awareness of meningitis.

We hope as many people who are able to, come along on Sunday. Hopefully the atmosphere and sense of community on the day will provide everyone with some sense of hope in this dark time.

– Nicola Zographou

The event will be held at Brislington FC from midday on Sunday, with the football match kicking off at 1.00pm.

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