Clemmie’s name lives on to fight meningitis

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A CHARITY has been set up in memory of a Rugby School pupil who died of meningitis days before her 18th birthday.

The Clemmie Nicholson Charitable Foundation has been set up by her family and friends and is a fitting tribute to the popular student’s memory.

It was launched at a dinner at Cargilfield School in Edinburgh, where Clemmie lived, on Saturday and will help a number of charities.  

Clemmie died in May 2009 from meningococcal septicaemia.  

Angela Russell, who is spokesman for the foundation, said: “The evening was a great success and a fantastic first step to building a lasting legacy for this very special girl.”

A large part of the fund will be directed towards research into the disease under the auspices of Dr Nelly Ninis, who was the expert witness at Clemmie’s inquest.

Other places to benefit include Brooke Special School in Rugby, where Clemmie worked with special needs children whilst completing her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, and the Akany Avoko Home in Madagascar, a residential school providing girls from babies to the age of 18 the best chance of a life with prospects for the future. 

Both of these were very special to Clemmie and the trust says her commitment to them was typical of her giving and gracious character.

Dr Ninis, consultant in general paediatrics at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, and Fiona Borrill, head of the civil liberties department at Lester Morrill Solicitors, spoke during the evening.

Mrs Russell said: “All of the guest speakers spoke very movingly but Dr Ninis shone out with her own individual combination of professionalism and passion that the audience will remember for a very long time. She is a true inspiration.”

Donations can be sent to The Clemmie Nicholson Charitable Foundation c/o Morton Fraser Solicitors, Quartermile Two, 2 Lister Square Edinburgh EH3 9GL.