Earlier this year, Coby, a nine-year old boy from Devon, died from #flu. This winter, his parents are encouraging others to get their children vaccinated against flu. #ThumbsUpForCoby

Louise Simons and Jamie Chrichard say they don’t want other families to go through the pain they have suffered since ‘strong, kind and bright’ Coby died of pneumonia on 24 January 2018, just days after coming down with flu.

Louise, a catering supervisor, said: “Coby was strong and hardly ever poorly. He was kind and bright and had lots of friends at school, but we have lost our baby boy and it hurts every single day.

“Please don’t put your children at risk– make sure they have the flu vaccination and help us spread this message far and wide.”

Coby Simons was a year 5 pupil at St Martin’s C of E Primary and Nursery School in Cranbrook, and as well as a love of maths, he enjoyed Ed Sheeran, wrestling and watching YouTube.

Dad Jamie, a stonemason, added: “We miss Coby every day and our life is not the same without him. This campaign means a lot to us and the vaccination may well have helped our little man. We don’t want anyone to go through what we’ve been through.”

To help promote the campaign, thousands of ‘postcards’ featuring photos of a smiling Coby and a message from Louise and Jamie, are being distributed to children’s centres, GP practices, schools, leisure centres and libraries across Devon.

The campaign message has already been shared hundreds of times on social media with parents giving it their ‘thumbs up’ by spreading the message and arranging vaccinations for their children. Has your school picked up the free postcards to support and promote this in your school community? 

Printed postcards promoting the campaign and flu vaccination are available for wide distribution.  If you would like to request a supply of postcards, please call 01392 675348 or email d-ccg.corporateservices@nhs.net.

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