Couple raise £10,000 for hospital who saved 2 year-old son's life

A couple from Alsager have raised £10,000 pounds for Leighton Hospital in Crewe - after they saved their son's life.

Pippa and Lee Rawlinson’s son, Jude, fell ill with meningitis earlier in the year.

The couple, who both work at Click Dealer in Stoke, were so grateful for their son’s care on the Children’s Ward at Leighton Hospital, they decided they wanted to give something back to show their appreciation.

Jude is back home and well on his way to recovery and to ensure that care can continue to be given to any children unfortunate enough to contract the meningitis virus in the future, they aim to raise a total of £20,000. 

Both Pippa and Lee have received a huge amount of support from their colleagues - so far this year, the Stoke-based Click Dealer team has competed in two gruelling Born Survivor challenges, one in Manchester, the other in the Lake District.

The team has also completed the arduous Three Peaks Challenge in under 24 hours and took part in a Halloween dress-up day in the office! However, their fundraising efforts are continuing in order to achieve their final goal of £20,000, and Pippa will be competing in a white collar boxing match hosted at the Bet365 Stadium in March 2018.

She will undergo eight weeks of intensive boxing training ahead of the event and is already in training with her former army husband, Lee, and a personal trainer, to ensure that she is fit and raring to go by the time her pre-fight training camp comes around in January.

Emma Robertson MCH Charity Manager said: “‘We want to say a huge thank you to Pippa, Lee and everyone at Click Dealer who have worked so hard to raise this fantastic amount.

"One of the children’s wards is currently being renovated and the charity will be buying all the added extras that make hospitals less scary and more child friendly for our younger patients, so this money couldn’t have come at a better time."

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. It can affect anyone, but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults. Meningitis can be very serious if not treated quickly. Symptoms develop suddenly and can include: a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above, being sick, a headache, a blotchy rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it (this won't always develop), a stiff neck, a dislike of bright lights, drowsiness or unresponsiveness and seizures (fits). These symptoms can appear in any order and some may not appear at all.

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