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Charity picks Ralf for UK campaign

19 September 2013

THE three-year-old son of a Porthmadog man has been the face of a national campaign highlighting a common, but little-known infection.

Little Ralf Jones contracted Group B Streptococcus (GBS), an infection which can put the lives on new-born babies at risk.

The three-year-old was chosen to be the public face of a month-long awareness campaign by the charity, Group B Strep Support.

There was much excitement for little Ralf when his face went nationwide and his parents said they were very proud.

His father, Mitchell Jones, 37, will now take part in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross challenge at the end of the month to highlight the infection which also caused his son to develop potentially-fatal meningitis.

Mitchell, a former pupil of Borth y Gest Primary School, told the Cambrian News that his son was in intensive care for a week and on the special care unit until he was four weeks old. His wife, Sally, 35, did not know she was a carrier of Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a normal gut bacteria carried by up to 30 per cent of adults in the UK.

Mitchell added: “Ralf was so excited when he was chosen to promote the campaign and it was a very proud moment for us as parents.

“Coincidentally I will be taking on the challenge on the same date that Ralf was diagnosed with meningitis so I’ll be thinking of him all the way, which will keep me going.”

 

Click here for the full story, or see this week's Arfon and Dwyfor edition of the Cambrian News

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