I WAS deeply saddened to read in your recent article that brave Birkenhead schoolgirl Daisy Metcalfe, 15, died of meningitis on Friday, January 11, surrounded by loved ones.

On behalf of charity Meningitis UK, which represents thousands of families who have experienced the devastation caused by meningitis and associated diseases, I would like to pass on our heartfelt sympathies to Daisy's family and friends.

Meningitis and septicaemia are notoriously difficult to diagnose and can kill in hours.

I lost my son Spencer to meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia some time ago and can well imagine the pain that all those who knew Daisy, of Wallasey, are suffering.

Meningitis UK is fighting back against all forms of meningitis-related disease.

Because the diseases strike so quickly and can be difficult to detect, we fund preventative research to develop vaccines to protect future generations.

If any of your readers would like a free symptoms pack or further information, please call Meningitis UK on 0117 947 6320 or visit www.meningitisUK.org

Steve Dayman,
Meningitis UK.