David died shortly after 3am on Saturday 16th February 2002. The death certificate states, fulminating septicaemia and meningococcal disease as the main causes of death. I felt completely powerless, I was told there was nothing I could have done to prevent this tragedy and yet as a mother I was convinced I had failed to protect my son from this horrific disease.
My sister-in-law called into the Foundation's Belfast office shortly after David died and gave them our details. Diane called with us shortly after and the relationship began. The office were very supportive to us as a family, especially Diane who called with us a few times. I used the telephone befriending scheme and was paired with a fabulous lady, Mary Nash, from Dublin. We spoke on the phone for well over a year and Diane arranged for us to meet once after that. The Foundation's support has at times been a lifeline for us and now my husband and I try to something to raise funds every year. We have hosted three charity BBQs, I have done a parachute jump and an abseil and signed up to do.
Written by: Maureen Ellson