THE family of a student who battled a potentially-deadly disease has organised a series fund-raising activities to say thank you to a charity for its help.
Thomas Parker was struck down with meningococcal meningitis in December 2012.
The student, now 21, spent his 18th birthday in the intensive care unit of Sunderland Royal Hospital and could have died.
Since then, the family, of Washington Village, have raised funds for the Meningitis Research Foundation to show their gratitude.
Dad Ged, a retired surveyor, said: “He wasn’t able to walk and was given high doses of antibiotics.
“To see your son all strung up, bruises from head to foot and with a waxy sheen on his skin – we were all scared.”
Thomas is now studying architecture at Nottingham University, and this summer he will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with fellow students.
Ged and mum Christine have signed up for two of the legs of the charity’s 60-mile walk across the Peak District, and sister Eleanor, 22, completed the London Marathon and took part in an obstacle course.
Ged added: “We know Thomas was incredibly lucky to survive, so we wanted to raise funds as a family, so the charity can continue their work supporting others.”
To sponsor Tom’s African challenge, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/tomclimbskili2014