Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 26°C

min temp: 16°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Ipswich: Grandmother welcomes new meningitis vaccine progress in light of grandchild’s death

14:18 24 January 2013

Penny Watchman, Regan Warner, and Danielle Watchman, who lost their beloved Rhianna to meningitis three years ago

Penny Watchman, Regan Warner, and Danielle Watchman, who lost their beloved Rhianna to meningitis three years ago

Archant

A grandmother, who lost her beloved grandchild to a deadly brain bug, has welcomed the news that a new vaccine to protect against it has been granted a licence.

Penny Watchman’s granddaughter Rhianna Warner died on New Year’s Eve in 2009 from meningococcal septicaemia at Ipswich Hospital.

Yesterday it was announced that a new vaccine to protect against meningococcal group B disease is one step closer to being made available in this country due to a licence being granted by the European Commission.

Mrs Watchman, of Landseer Road, said: “I think it is really good news. If that stops other families going through what we did, it will be worth it.”

So far Mrs Watchman’s family and friends have raised more than £14,500 for the Meningitis Trust.

She added: “The main thing is to keep awareness going. The money we have raised will help funds things like symptom cards, and help anyone who has been affected by meningitis.”

At present, there are around 1,110 people living in Ipswich who could be struggling to cope with the after-effects of meningitis – and every year another 20 people in the area could find themselves fighting the disease.

0 comments

Eastbound A14 traffic near the Copdock junction. Image: Keith Mindham

Drivers are currently experiencing long delays after a car crashed into the central reservation on the A14 eastbound at Nacton this evening.

Police at the Ipswich v Norwich derby.

Suffolk Constabulary has yet to confirm it will have a presence at Ipswich Town games this season - including the potentially powderkeg Old Farm Derby.

Woman repays £7,600 in overpayment claim

A Kesgrave woman has been fined after making a false statement to obtain £7,600 worth of benefits which she was not entitled to.

File picture of a car fire.

Firefighters were called to reports of three cars alight at a garage in Ipswich.

A motorist involved in a crash on the A14 in which a teenager died will live with the “huge remorse” for the rest of his life, a court has heard.

Relax and unwind

When the weather is as glorious as this, you want to do nothing more than sit back and relax.

Suffolk Police PCSOs (stock picture)

Two new PCSOs will be patrolling the streets of Bury St Edmunds from next January in a new step for local policing.

Andy Beckwith

A former Essex man who went missing in Gibraltar has been found “in good health”, police have said.

St Helena Hospice assistant nurse Emma Young reduced staff and patients to tears in Colchester after performing Adele's Make You Feel My Love. Pic: St Helena Hospice.

A video of an assistant nurse performing an Adele song at a Colchester hospice has gone viral.

Hugh O'Neill, headteacher of St Benedict's School, Bury St Edmunds.

Turbulent times are ahead for Bury St Edmunds schools with “chaos” predicted as the two and three-tier systems compete against each other.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24