I WAS saddened to read in The Press of January 16 about brave eight-year-old Millie Crick, of Malton, who spent eight days in hospital battling Meningitis B – one of the deadliest forms of the disease in the UK.

Everyone at Meningitis UK was touched to read that she was rushed by ambulance to hospital and fought to recover.

It is amazing to hear that Millie, a Brooklyn Under-Nines footballer, has recovered well and we wish her and her family the best for the future.

Meningitis can strike with incredible speed and the symptoms are notoriously difficult to detect, often being confused with flu.

For these reasons, we believe preventative measures are the best solution.

Our sole focus is to fund the development of vaccines and other methods of preventing this devastating disease.

In the absence of a vaccine, we distribute a range of material to raise awareness of the common symptoms and the need to act quickly, which can mean the difference between life and death.

If any of your readers would like a free symptoms information pack, including wallet-sized symptoms cards, or more information, they can phone Meningitis UK on 0117 947 6320 or visit meningitisUK.org

Kate Rowland, Chief executive, Meningitis UK