A MUM who has raised more than £2,000 for charity after losing her child to fatal bug has been presented with May’s Resident of the Month Award.
Five years ago Angie Graff lost her third child, Daisy, to Group B
It’s a bacterium which occurs naturally in many people and doesn’t normally cause a problem, but for pregnant mums carrying the infection, it can have devastating effects on their newborn babies, causing the child to die or be left with lifelong disabilities.
Most GBS infections can be prevented by giving antibiotics during labour.
Angie has helped to raise money for Group B Strep Support, a national charity which provides information on the infection and is campaigning for all pregnant mums to be tested for it.
So far Angie has organised a 10k seafront run, taken part in the Eastbourne half marathon and arranged a sponsored walk in Abbotts Wood, all together raising £2,000.
In recognition of her charitable efforts, Angie has been presented with the Resident of the Month Award, which is sponsored by Advanta Chartered Accountants and the Eastbourne Herald.
Yiotis Diomedou, director at Advanta, met Angie this week to present her with a special certificate.
Yiotis said, “As a father myself, I can’t begin to imagine how awful it is to lose a child to GBS.
“I’m sure it hasn’t been easy, but Angie has shown great strength and determination to raise awareness and funds for charity, and we are pleased to recognise this through giving her the Resident of the Month Award.”
Angie and a guest are now looking forward to a complimentary meal for two at Ridgways restaurant in Meads.
If you would like to nominate someone for a Resident of the Month award, please telephone 411222 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on GBSS visit www.gbss.org.uk