Tots in Shirley have sprung into action to raise funds for a meningitis charity following the tragic death of a two-year-old from the disease.
They staged a sponsored bounce in memory of Jake Tomlinson who died only days after being diagnosed with meningitis.
Jake, who was cared for by childminder Sally Stevens, contracted the illness in February last year.
Since his death, Sally, who runs her business from her home in Falstaff Road, Shirley, and other local childminders have been focussing their energies on raising funds for Meningitis Now.
The sponsored bounce was held at Sally’s home this week and special guest Peppa Pig made an appearance.
“When Jake sadly passed away, it affected everyone – me, my children and other childminders and their children.
“I had looked after Jake since he was six months old,” Sally, aged 38, said.
“Childminders in the area have a close relationship and we wanted to get together, with all of our children, and do something in memory of Jake.
“The children all took part in a sponsored bounce.
“We chose this because Jake also took part in a sponsored bounce. It seemed the perfect way of remembering him.
Meningitis Now works to save lives and rebuild futures by funding research, raising awareness and providing support.
“Children are only currently vaccinated for the one type of meningitis. We really want to help raise awareness and push for the meningitis B vaccine to be on the NHS. We are very close and we want to continue to support this,” Sally added.
Sally will be doing a skydive in August to raise funds.
“I’m a bit nervous but I’m trying not to think about that too much,” she said.
“I’m just going to think about the cause and that will spur me on.”