Mum aiming to raise awareness of meningitis

Laura Brown and daughter Gracie
Laura Brown and daughter Gracie
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Mum Laura Brown is trying to raise awareness of a devastating disease which led to her 18-month-old daughter Gracie Hills having to have several fingers removed.

The youngster spent two weeks in children’s intensive care in February this year after falling ill with meningitis.

Now, her mum Laura is hosting a charity day on Saturday, July 27, at Christ the King Church in Deeble Road to raise money for the Meningitis Research Foundation and Leicester Children’s Intensive Care Unit, where Gracie was treated.

Miss Brown has already collected donations of raffle prizes from a number of Kettering-area businesses including the Kettering Park Hotel, Crystal Tips, Fairy Dust Pictures, Faye’s Beautique, Bliss, Rockingham Speedway, and Sainsbury’s and Waitrose supermarkets .

There will be a bouncy castle and stalls, games and fun for all the family.

Gracie’s dad, Daniel Hills, is also embarking on a huge charity bike ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in August this year to raise further money.

He will be collecting sponsorship and donations at the fun day.

Miss Brown said the aim of the day is also to raise awareness of meningitis.

She added: “Gracie fell ill really quickly when she caught the illness.

“We had been visiting family during the day.

“Gracie woke up at 2am and was trying to be sick.”

Gracie was taken to her GP surgery the following morning as she was under the weather, but was rushed to Kettering Hospital in an ambulance when her mum noticed a few spots on her.

From Kettering, Gracie was taken to hospital in Leicester where she spent two weeks in intensive care.

She has had two operations to remove several fingers from her left hand and she also needed to have skin grafts on her knees and her wrist, as well as having the tips of two toes removed.