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Grieving family put their hearts into fundraising

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 28, 2012

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RAISING funds and awareness has been on the agenda for the family of a Cornish man who died of meningitis just days before his wedding.

Shane White, of Lostwithiel, was 38 and just two weeks away from marrying Kerran Parish when he was struck down by the illness.

Having complained of a stomach ache and sore throat for a couple of days beforehand, Mr White became disorientated and was rushed to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, where his condition quickly deteriorated.

He had contracted meningitis and died eight hours later.

Since that day his family have been tirelessly working to raise money for Meningitis UK and to make people more aware of a disease that can strike anyone, regardless of age.

Charmaine White, Mr White's sister, said: "We want people to know that meningitis is an awful disease that can strike anyone – not just children.

"It took Shane – something we are still coming to terms with – we don't want others to feel the same loss that we did."

Mrs White, cleaning and catering manager at Fowey Community College, and her daughter Jade, 14, organised a non-uniform day at the school in late-October that raised more than £1,000.

"The school was brilliant – they knew how much it meant to the family," added, Mrs White.

"Everyone got involved, people made cakes and other food, and we were delighted with the amount raised in Shane's name."

To add to the rising total, Mr White's aunt, Evette Hall, held a 'Mad Hatter's Tea Party' at her home in Trevelmond on November 24, where she welcomed around 30 guests all sporting a range of interesting headwear.

The event raised a further £1,100 for the cause which has been gratefully received by Menigitis UK.

Mrs Hall said: "We are extremely delighted with the tea party – we're proud with how it went and amount raised seeing as there was terrible weather and floods.

"Those who couldn't attend still kindly donated afterwards.

"My sister Ros is overwhelmed by the support we are getting from everyone and fundraising for Meningitis UK gives us focus."

Malcolm Barnecutt Bakery, of Liskeard, donated 50 buns and Bee Bee Gowns, of Plymouth, donated a dress which auctioned for £150.

Woodbury Park Golf donated prizes, friends Jayne Harris and Colin Dyer's shooting company Kingswood Shoot donated £200 and Tick Tock Photos, of St Austell, gave a £90 portrait session.

A cheque for £1,000 from the non-uniform day was presented to Meningitis UK founder, Steve Dayman, at Fowey Community College on December 20. The cheque has brought the overall total raised by the family to beyond £3,000.

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