Campaign in memory of Alisha

Meningitis Awareness Week at St John Rigby College
Meningitis Awareness Week at St John Rigby College

ST John Rigby student Sepideh Saeedian organised a Meningitis Awareness Week event in loving memory of her friend, Alisha Bartolini, who tragically died from the disease.

Alisha was a former student of St John Rigby College and had just embarked upon her degree at Liverpool Hope University when she sadly contracted bacterial meningitis and very suddenly and died. Students and staff wore pink on Thursday, February 26, in memory of the former pupil.

A team of clinicians from Wrightington Hospital visited the college to undertake a meningitis trial in the Sports Hub and to give more information about the infection.

In three days, the team managed to get over 600 voluntary swabs from students, which will help their research into the spreading of meningitis.

Students also had chance to pay tribute to Alisha by adding a pink poppy to the cross with their own personal message.

Alisha’s mum, Michaela Bartolini said, “We can’t thank Sepideh and St John Rigby College enough for what they have done. I hope the awareness is getting out there.”