Schoolgirl raises thousands after meningitis scare

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A SCHOOLGIRL who was left fighting for her life beacuse of a missing tooth has smashed her fundraising target for the charity Meningitis UK.

Fiona Yelland, 17, was diagnosed with a rare form of life-threatening oral meningitis in October 2011, which was traced to a gum abscess near the site of her missing front tooth.

After recovering, Fiona, who lives in Fairmilehead, originally set her self a target of raising £1000 for the charity but has now reached £5539.64.

Last year, the George Watson’s College pupil took part in the Great Edinburgh Run, arranged a fundraising concert Music for Meningitis and organised a bake sale.

The main event, Music for Meningitis, involved Fiona, pupils and former pupils of George Watson’s, staff and family members. This event alone raised more than £2000.

Lewis Gowan visited George Watson’s along with his mother, Rose, on behalf of Meningitis UK to receive the cheque from Fiona. The Gowan family are long-term supporters of the charity, having been affected by meningitis when Lewis’ sister contracted the illness.

Principal of George Watson’s, Gareth Edwards, said: “Fiona has shown us all that she knows about challenge and she is a 
great example of our school motto – Ex Corde Caritas, Love from the Heart – in action.”