Family of Bristol 18 year old who died from meningitis remember 'a caring, fun loving guy'

George Zographou was known as 'Zoggy' by his friends. Credit: Family

The family of an 18 year old from Bristol who died after falling ill with meningitis are calling for people to become more aware of the lesser known symptoms.

George Zographou was only 18 years old when he died in hospital in August, after contracting meningitis.

A charity football match in George's memory is taking place on Sunday and is raising money for Meningitis Now.

George's family say he was a positive, caring person who was extremely popular.

George's mother Elaine Zographou has described him as 'a lovely son'. Credit: Family

A sixth form student in Bristol, George had been at Boardmasters Festival in Newquay when he was taken ill.

His mother Elaine Zographou says he had a bright future ahead of him.

She says the 18-year-old would have been proud of his exam results.

George's family are now calling for more awareness of meningitis B and its symptoms.

Young people heading off to university are considered among the most at risk from the disease as they will be mixing with hundreds of others the same age.

George's sister Nicole Zographou says young people should make sure they are protected.

George been diagnosed with Meningitis B but didn't get the tell-tale rash until he was already in hospital.

With the symptoms not always clear, Elaine says she hopes people become more familiar with what to look out for so other young people can be protected.

A boy who went to the same school George attended has since spotted that he had symptoms of meningitis.

The boy in his late teens is expected to make a full recovery.

It is thought he recognised his symptoms as a result of George's story.

You can find a list of meningitis B symptoms here and more information about the disease on the NHS website.

Watch the full interview with George's family here.