A DEVOTED family have vowed to raise cash for research into the killer bug meningitis.
And they have very personal reasons for doing so.
Nineteen-month-old Aiden Wimpenny was struck down by the illness in December last year.
Aiden, who lives in Wooldale with his parents Andrew and Jill and baby sister Lauren, is making a slow recovery after contracting the deadly strain of the illness bacterial meningitis.
His grandma Ros Wimpenny, of Knowle Lane, Meltham, said Aiden had spent several days in intensive care at St James's Hospital, Leeds, and Leeds General Infirmary after becoming unwell at home and then critically ill within hours.
"He was a lovely bright boy, just learning to walk before the illness struck," she said.
"Now he is having to re-learn everything.
"He is making a slow recovery," she said.
The family have rallied round and Andrew's brother John took part in the Great North Run last month to raise money for the Meningitis Trust.
Andrew got sponsorship for John from workmates at BT and together the brothers aim to raise around £2,000.
Their sister Katie, 25, who works in London took part in a freefall sky dive over Cambridge in August, raising £500 for St James's Hospital.
And grandma Mrs Wimpenny raised £300 for the Meningitis Research Foundation when she organised a Body Shop toiletries and cosmetics party at her home last month.
Aiden has therapy every week at the Ellerslie Unit in Huddersfield and his family also have the support of a nursery nurse.
What is meningococcal septicaemia? Bacteria that cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) can also cause septicaemia, or blood poisoning. Most people who have a meningococcal infection have both meningitis and septicaemia.
What happens? The meningococcus enters from the throat, passes into the bloodstream and the meninges - the lining of the brain. In some cases, the bacteria multiply in the blood and this results in septicaemia before the meninges are infected. Toxins are released that may damage blood vessels, tissues and vital organs.
What are the symptoms? Patients suffering from meningococcal septicaemia often develop a rash which starts as a cluster of tiny blood spots. In some cases a different rash, more like measles, or a mixture of the two, may be seen. Septicaemia can develop quickly.
* For more information contact the Meningitis Trust on 01453 768000 or e-mail email@example.com