How friends of tragic Alex have given meningitis charity a boost


Fund set up in memory of teen raises tens of thousands for the Meningitis Trust

A fund set up in memory of a tragic teenager to help beat meningitis has topped £65,000.

Alex Williams, from Ashton-under-Lyne, suffered meningitis as a young child and after being left with a series of health problems he devoted his life to raising awareness of the disease.

He died last year, aged 18 after a massive stroke related to his illness. Eight months on his family, friends and those whose lives he touched have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Meningitis Trust.

Alex was an ambassador for the charity, which set up the £1m Alex Williams Believe and Achieve Appeal.

The charity’s chief executive Sue Davie led the fund-raising by trekking the Great Wall of China.

Alex’s mum Alison said: “There has been all sorts – coffee mornings, collections, social events. We’ve got people running the London Marathon and the Greater Manchester 10k. All the money has come from people who knew Alex and that means more than anything. I am absolutely thrilled.”

Alex was also chosen to carry the Olympic torch last summer and visited schools across Tameside to share his experiences.

Pupils will be boosting funds further in June when they pay £1 to go ‘Gangnam style’ and dance in schools all over Tameside at the same time.

Alex’s Believe and Achieve Winter Ball is also being held, on Saturday, November 16, at Manchester’s Palace Hotel, with special guest Corrie star Julie Hesmondhalgh.

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