The tragic story of baby Charlie Mann’s death from meningitis has been told in a new short film.
Moving footage shows Charlie just days before he was struck down – and features a poignant interview with his mum Katy, who grew up in Shepley.
The one-minute film has been released by Meningitis Now - the new name for The Meningitis Trust following its merger last year with Meningitis UK. The charity is devoted to finding a cure and supporting victims and their families.
The footage shows Charlie’s mother, Katy Mann, talking about the speed at which the disease struck, the difficulty in recognising the symptoms and the guilt parents can feel after losing a child in such a way.
It is hoped that the film will help raise awareness about the deadly disease and encourage families and health professionals to be aware of the symptoms.
Charlie’s grandfather, Ian Watkinson, of Shepley, said: “They had filmed Charlie in his cot just days before he was diagnosed with meningitis.
“It was hard for a father to watch his daughter speak about such as tragic event but it is part and parcel of our campaign to raise awareness”.
The film has been released by the charity through their social networking channels.
It is also expected to be shown on mainstream television in the coming months as part of wider discussions about the disease.
Charlie died in October 2010 in Alder Hey Hospital’s paediatric intensive care unit. He was just 15 weeks old.
Charlie’s parents Katy and Chris Mann, both 34, have spent the past three years campaigning for greater awareness of the symptoms of meningitis.
The couple have two other children, James, six, and Emily, two.
Katy’s blog describing Charlie’s last few days has attracted over 200,000 visitors.