Charity day success after Sheffield toddler’s meningitis ordeal

Tiffany Harrison with son Teddy
Tiffany Harrison with son Teddy
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A mum who was just hours away from losing her baby boy is delighted he has made a full recovery – and helped to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

Brave Teddy Harrison spent almost a week fighting for his life in Sheffield Children’s Hospital in June after he was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia.

Ruby Tevendale gets her face painted by Melanie of Flashy Faces

Ruby Tevendale gets her face painted by Melanie of Flashy Faces

His terrified parents Tiffany and Carl Harrison had been unable to wake the 15-month-old and rushed him straight to hospital where their worst nightmares were confirmed.

Thankfully Teddy has fully recovered from his ordeal and was the star of a fundraising event organised by his mum.

Tiffany, aged 27, wanted give something back to the hospital that saved Teddy’s life and arranged a family fun day to raise money for both the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and Meningitis Research.

The event at The Square, opposite The Stocks pub, in Ecclesfield, raised more than £1,000 for the charities.

Tiffany Harrison at the fundraising day for The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and Meningitis Research

Tiffany Harrison at the fundraising day for The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and Meningitis Research

Tiffany, who is also mum to Bobby, six, said: “It was a brilliant day. To say the weather wasn’t very good we still had a lot of people coming out to support us.

“We had a live band, two lads from Chapeltown called Absent Average, who did an hour’s set for free. We had a raffle, auction, face painting and lots of people came to run stalls. I was really pleased with how it went.

“We’ve still got to tally everything together but it is going to be more than £1,000.”

Doctors originally thought Teddy was suffering from a viral infection.

Absent Average perform at the fundraising day in Ecclesfield for The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and Meningitis Research

Absent Average perform at the fundraising day in Ecclesfield for The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and Meningitis Research

He was sent home with painkillers but just a few hours later his condition took a turn for the worse.

His parents were told if they had delayed taking Teddy back to hospital then he may not have survived.

Tests have shown his ordeal has not left him with any long-term developmental issues.Tiffany said: “Teddy was at the fundraising day. He really enjoyed it and had a really good day and was walking about with everybody having fun.”

Tiffany Harrison and Gemma Culberwell at the fundraising day for The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and Meningitis Research

Tiffany Harrison and Gemma Culberwell at the fundraising day for The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and Meningitis Research

Peppa Pig entertains the visitors at the fundraising day in Ecclesfield for The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and Meningitis Research

Peppa Pig entertains the visitors at the fundraising day in Ecclesfield for The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and Meningitis Research

Tiffany Harrison and Gemma Culberwell at the fundraising day for The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and Meningitis Research

Tiffany Harrison and Gemma Culberwell at the fundraising day for The Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and Meningitis Research