Young meningitis survivor in top fundraising cause

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A teenager who survived meningitis as a baby has pledged to raise money for a charity which helps people with the condition.

Joshua Ashton, aged 16, of Chesterfield, contracted meningitis in 2001 and is urging people to act quickly if they spot the symptoms.

He is also junior captain at Tapton Park Golf Club and chose the Meningitis Research Foundation as the charity of the year.

The club raised an impressive £2,303 during a number of organised events, including auctions and raffles.

Joshua proudly presented a big cheque to charity ambassadors Fliss and Dave Shillings from Kirkby in Ashfield.

Joshua’s proud mum Nicola said: “Josh being ill with life-threatening meningitis was one of the most frightening experiences in our lives.

“We’re proud of Josh for working so hard to raise this money for the charity that supported us when he was ill. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported Josh and helped him to raise this amazing amount of money for such an important cause which is extremely close to our family.”

Rob Dawson, head of support at MRF, said, “We’re grateful to Josh, his family, friends and his fellow sportsmen.”