Thousands raised for medical research in memory of James
PUBLISHED: 12:55 01 July 2018
On the anniversary of the sudden death of a father of two, his family have held a charity ball in Welwyn to aid the fight for meningitis research.
Tewin Bury Farm Hotel played host to the glamorous ball on Saturday, June 23, raising thousands for charity Meningitis Research Foundation.
The event was organised by the family of James Taylor, who was 36 years old when he passed away very suddenly from meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in June 2017.
Born in Welwyn Garden City, the father of four-year-old Max and two-year-old Scarlett lived in Stotfold with his wife Jade before the tragedy struck.
James’ sisters, Kim and Cindy Taylor, said the event was “an amazing success”, with 350 people attending.
The charity is still counting the money, but around £20,000 has been raised through the ball, an auction and a raffle.
One auction item, a motorcycle that had been donated, reached around £10,000 in the bidding.
In a stunning gesture, the anonymous bidder then told the family to keep the bike, and turned the bid into a donation.
Kim and Cindy spoke of the night, saying: “We couldn’t have hoped for anything better.
“Many of the items included in the auction or raffled were donated by local companies, shops and restaurants.
“We’re grateful to everyone who came along and helped us to raise these funds for Meningitis Research Foundation.”
The sisters made a heartfelt tribute, saying: “James was a wonderful family man, friend and colleague who loved life.
“We wanted to do something big to remember him.
“He was born in Welwyn Garden City and worked for Cereal Partners UK for 17 years, so it seemed only right that we hold the ball in Welwyn.”
Rob Dawson, director of support at the Meningitis Research Foundation said, “We were saddened to hear about James.
“Meningitis and septicaemia can strike without warning and can affect people who are otherwise very healthy.
“We’re grateful to James’ family for raising funds for the charity in his memory.
“These funds will help us enormously with our vital work including our research, awareness and support programmes.”
Early symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell.
Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion.
Check you know the symptoms at: www.meningitis.org/symptoms.