Di Spalding and her family know only too well the dangers of meningitis and septicaemia over the holiday season.
Husband and father, Dr John Spalding, 55, woke up with what he thought was a cold at 3 am on December 23. Ten hours later he had died.
"Ours was a sudden loss with no warning," says Di.
John, a practicing GP for 27 years, had no idea his "cold" was in fact a particularly aggressive strain of meningitis and septicaemia.
After taking paracetamol and ibuprofen, John awoke again at 6.45 feeling sick.
Around midday, John was sitting on the end of the bed, but then he fell backwards. John knew himself it was serious and asked his wife to call an ambulance.
Di did as he said but his colour and breathing were rapidly deteriorating.
Over the phone the operator told Di to get him on the floor and start CPR. She did this until the ambulance came, even though she knew by then that her husband was already dead.
From first symptoms to death was less than twelve hours.
A post mortem showed that the cause of death was found to be Group W meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia (MenW).
"Not having the chance to hold John and tell him how much I loved him was so hard.
There was no time to adjust to our life without him."