A Soham couple will turn their home into a pop-up restaurant to raise money in memory of their daughter, who died of meningitis aged just three.
Sally Clipson and Kevin Smith will transform their home, The Old Lodge, in Fordham Road, into Chez Amelie for the second time after raising a mouth-watering £1,600 for the Meningitis UK/Meningitis Trust last year.
Amelie Clipson-Smith, died of bacterial meningitis on November 1, 2008, just months after she started school. The toddler was rushed to hospital in France, where the family were living at the time, with symptoms similar to the common cold. She died 12 hours later.
“It was horrifying to see how fast the disease took hold,” said Sally, 43.
“Although she was vaccinated against some forms of meningitis, there aren’t vaccines to protect against all forms.”
She added: “Amelie was an amazingly kind and gentle little girl with a beaming smile - we’re so proud of her.”
Now the couple, along with Amelie’s five-year-old sister Olivia, are determined to help to eradicate the disease.
Sally said: “It has been made possible thanks to many local businesses and friends, who have donated everything from furniture and catering equipment to ingredients and flowers.”
The six-course experience will start at 7.30pm on Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26. For more information, or to arrange a table, call Sally on 07528 079200.
To donate, visit the Chez Amelie Facebook page.