Sales of tea and cake have raised over £850 for Meningitis Now, in memory of a teenager who died from the disease.
Buckingham family Lesley and David Spragg and their daughter Rosie held a Time 4 Tea event at the University of Buckingham’s Old Tanlaw Mill last Saturday, in memory of Emily Styles.
The 19-year-old teaching assistant, from Buckingham, passed away suddenly on New Year’s Day after contracting bacterial meningitis.
The Spragg family and the Styles family have been close friends for about 16 years. The children have grown up together, dads Dave and Pete play golf together, mums Lesley and Julia walk together, and the two families even go on holiday together.
Lesley Spragg said her family were devasted by Emily’s death.
Writing on her Justgiving page, she said: “To see your best friends heartbroken and not being able to make it better has been the hardest thing for us, but this does not come close to the grief Ju, Pete and Soph have had to cope with.
“However, their courage is beyond compare and they have managed gradually to get on with their lives, whilst always keeping Emily close in their hearts.”
Lesley and Rosie, who love to bake, decided to hold the Time 4 Tea event to raise money for Meningitis Now, a charity that supports families affected by meningitis by offering advice, counselling and funding.
The family served more than 100 cups of tea and lots of cake, raising more than £850 for the charity.