I was touched to read that Olivia Clarkson (21), of Chatburn, ran the Bupa Great Manchester Run recently to remember best friend Dannielle Catterall, who died of meningitis aged 17.
Meningitis can strike with incredible speed and the symptoms are notoriously difficult to detect, often being confused with flu.
We are fighting back on all fronts by funding research to eradicate the disease alongside supporting, those touched by meningitis, with lifelong help and care.
We also distribute a range of awareness materials highlighting the common symptoms and need to act quickly, which can mean the difference between life and death.
We have Community Support Officers in the area, ready to help anyone touched by the disease.
If anyone would like a free symptoms information pack, including wallet-sized symptoms cards or support, please call our 24-hour freephone helpline on 0808 80 10 388 or visit www.MeningitisNow.org.
Chief executive, Meningitis Now