FEW of us could fail to be moved by the story on Page Three about a troupe of young dancers acting out signs of meningitis on the second anniversary of the death from the illness of six-year-old Oldham girl Layla-Rose Ermenekli in a video.

Layla-Rose was part of the Collette’s troupe until her all-too early passing. Her mother, Kirsty, helped put together the poignant tribute to raise awareness about the disease and to try to prevent others from going through the same devastation she has faced

Collette’s put together a sequence which includes showing the signs of symptoms such as “irritability” and “severe headache, stiff neck”.

While no-one would wish to cause unnecessary panic among parents of young children, we agree that it does no harm to flag up these warning signs. If this video saves one young life, it has to be worth it.

We also applaud the work of meningitis charity Meningitis Now for supporting the effort of Kirsty.

Its chief executive Dr Tom Nutt has hailed the dance troupe’s effort as a great example of how a community can come together to help one of its members get through a difficult time.

And he’s right to underline what an appalling impact meningitis can have, not just on individual families, but also entire communities.

Let’s also hope the medical professionals are also heeding this message. After all, an inquest last year ruled that little Layla-Rose’s death could’ve been avoided.

So we strongly suggest that as well as parents, the health professionals whose expertise we rely so heavily on, also take a look at the Collette’s video – if only to freshen up their awareness.