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    Weʼve raised £12,225 to help fund the funeral of a beautiful 4 year old boy who lost his fight against meningococcal septicaemia

    Plymouth, UK
    Funded on Wednesday, 24th October 2018

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    Alfie's mummy and daddy have requested complete privacy while they come to terms with the loss of their son, so we will not use their names on this page.

    Alfie is a beautiful, sweet, happy little four year old boy who loves Paw Patrol, Disney movies and playing with trucks. The picture on the left was taken on the day he got ill. It was his first day at school, and when he came home he told his mummy he enjoyed it so much he couldn't wait to go back again.

    The next morning, on 11th September, Alfie woke up covered in a purple rash. He was rushed to his local hospital where he went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated twice while his parents could only watch on. He was then transferred to Bristol Children's ICU where we were told he had meningococcal septicaemia, a life threatening infection of the blood stream.

    Alfie fought so bravely against this devastating illness, but on 20th September his parents were told there was nothing more the doctors could do for him. His organs were shutting down, and his arms, legs and face had been irreparably damaged.

    On the morning of 23rd September, Alfie was taken off of life support. He passed away peacefully at 12.34pm after his mummy and daddy were able to cuddle him for the first time since he'd been taken to hospital 13 days earlier.

    Alfie never got to have his second day at school, but we hope that his story will help raise awareness of the heart breaking impact that meningitis and septicaemia can have. For more information about the symptoms, please visit

    We hope to raise funds to support Alfie's mummy and daddy through this immensely difficult time. We hope to be able to cover the cost of the funeral, and to give Alfie's parents a short break afterwards where they can grieve for their son in peace. If we receive additional funds, we will donate these to a meningitis/children's charity of the parents' choice.

    Thank you for reading Alfie's story. All donations will be very gratefully received.

    PLEASE NOTE: We kindly request that messages of support or condolences are not sent directly to the parents at this time. Instead, we have set up an email address so that Alfie's mummy and daddy can read messages when they are ready. If you would like to send a card, please email us at this address and we'll send you a postal address.



    • D Johns5 years ago
      D Johns

      D Johns

      5 years ago

      PART 5: more info on the MenB vaccine can be found here...

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    • D Johns5 years ago
      D Johns

      D Johns

      5 years ago

      PART 4: In brief: Babies under 1 are at highest risk (22 per 100,000), but now have the vaccine for free via NHS routine immunisation programme Children age 1-5 are at a lower risk (5 per 100,000), but children born before 1st May 2015 who have not yet turned 5 (just like Alfie) will not have had the vaccine unless paid for privately. Children from 5 to teenage years have a significantly lower risk, and the risk peaks again for teenagers. These age groups will not have had the the vaccine unless paid for privately.

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    • D Johns5 years ago
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      D Johns

      5 years ago

      Part 3: Many people have asked whether Alfie was vaccinated. A few days ago we would have answered yes. We have since learned that the answer is yes and no. Alfie had every single vaccination made available to him under the NHS immunisation programme at the time that he was born, but like so many other families we did not know that the MenB vaccine was available privately. We hope to raise awareness that this vaccine is out there and available for people who can afford it. We wish that this vaccine was free for all children and young people.

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    • Alan Livsey

      Alan Livsey

      Oct 14, 2018

      Terrible. Lost my own son to this disease in 12 hours in 1998. May God be with you.


    • Nikki Scale

      Nikki Scale

      Oct 13, 2018

      We are so sorry to hear your gorgeous boy Alfie lost his battle. Sophie was in the bed next to him for a few days in PICU and we have been praying for you. You’ll stay in our thoughts and prayers.


    • Pub on the Hoe Team

      Pub on the Hoe Team

      Oct 12, 2018


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      Oct 10, 2018

      My heart goes out to the family of Alfie xx


    • Elizabeth


      Oct 9, 2018

      My heart Is with you

    • Chris s

      Chris s

      Oct 8, 2018

      A little angel taken from us


    • Charlotte ROSEWARNE

      Charlotte ROSEWARNE

      Oct 7, 2018


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    We are family members of the parents, and we are quietly raising funds to help support them

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