Meningitis chief pays tribute to Mark Durkan

Mark Durkan pictured with Emma and Darren Cowey from Tullyally.
Mark Durkan pictured with Emma and Darren Cowey from Tullyally.

Sue Davie, Chief Executive of the UK’s biggest meningitis charity Meningitis Now, will pay tribute at a parliamentary reception in Westminster tomorrow to the “incredible” work of Foyle MP Mark Durkan in helping to secure a new vaccine against the deadly disease meningitis B (which is set to become available for free on the NHS).

Mr Durkan tabled a number of parliamentary motions at Westminster calling on the government to introduce the new vaccine (Bexsero) and also supported the local campaign by Derry parents Emma and Darren Cowey who lost their nine-month-old son Jamie to meningitis B in November 2004.

Sue Davie, Chief Executive of Meningitis Now, said: “I find it hard to express how grateful I am for Mark Durkan’s incredible support of our campaign to secure the introduction of the new MenB vaccine.

“The announcement (by the government in March) was fantastic and a huge step forward.

“Mark’s willingness to always go the extra mile - with the Early Day Motions, encouraging other MPs to get involved and, right up to the end of this phase of the campaign, with the action day on 24 February, helping us to get over 40 MPs along just to a photocall, and introducing the Shadow Chancellor to our campaign – has played such a big part and I am so very grateful.”