Support for a fundraising raffle organised in memory of a Clitheroe toddler who died of meningitis has been “amazing” according to its organiser.
Backing for the raffle in memory of two-year-old Jazmin Louisa Parker has so far been immense with local businesses, family and friends donating generously.
Toddler Jazmin died at the Royal Blackburn Hospital within seven hours of being diagnosed with meningococcal septicaemia, the meningitis B infection.
Her grieving parents, Leroy Parker and Rebecca Eatough, of Whalley Road, Clitheroe, are desperate to spread the word of how fast meningitis can take hold in the hope they can save other children by sharing their story and have set up a fund in their daughter’s memory.
To support the family in their efforts, Cherie Ellison, the partner of Leroy’s brother Ben Parker, has also organised a fundraising raffle.
Tickets for the raffle, priced at £5, are being sold at Kellie Hughes hairdressers at Whalley, Boho Chic, New Market Street, Clitheroe, and the Castle Chippy, Moor Lane, Clitheroe. Winners will be drawn at random electronically on Tuesday.
“The response has been absolutely amazing and some of the donations are phenomenal,” said Cherie (34).
“I have been stunned by people’s generosity. It really has restored my faith in humanity.
“I must say a massive thank you to everyone who has bought raffle tickets, shared my posts on Facebook and who have donated prizes. It’s wonderful to see the community pulling together in people’s hour of need. Jazmin’s death has had a huge impact on everyone.”
Around 50 prizes have been donated to the raffle. They include a canvas print donated by Jan Bisping, the father of Michael Bisping, UFC Middleweight Champion. It shows Michael holding up his belt after he won the MMA title and will be signed by Michael. There are also three prizes from Kellie Hughes hairdressers consisting of ghds, ceramic brush barrels and one year’s hairdressing, a £40 gift card to spend at Boho Chic in Clitheroe and many more.
Jazmin’s parents hope any funds raised in their daughter’s memory will help to support the vital work of meningitis charities and raise awareness about the disease.
Leroy and Rebecca are also lobbying the Government asking that all children are vaccinated up to the age of 11.
At the moment, the meningitis B jab has been available on the NHS to babies born after July 1st last year as part of their routine immunisation schedule.
However, this means many older children have missed out and if parents would like their child vaccinated privately, they will have to pay.
Funds raised through the raffle and a Facebook page in memory of Jazmin – kapipal.com/projects/jazmins-fund-raising/ – will be donated to the charity Meningitis Now to help realise this aim.
Meanwhile, a service of thanksgiving for the life of Jazmin is being held on Wednesday November 30th from 1 to 2 pm at Clitheroe Parish Church. It is family flowers only with donations in memory of Jazmin to be made to Meningitis Now. Those who attend the service are asked to wear something pink.