Tributes paid to Bournemouth School for Girls schoolgirl Connie Moore who died of meningitis

Bournemouth Echo: Tributes paid to schoolgirl Connie Moore who died of meningitis Tributes paid to schoolgirl Connie Moore who died of meningitis

TRIBUTES have been paid to a brave 16-year-old Bournemouth schoolgirl who died of meningitis on Sunday.

Connie Moore’s family and friends have taken to social media sites to mourn the loss of the popular Bournemouth School for Girls pupil.

Headteacher of Bournemouth School for Girls, Alistair Brien described Connie as "a lovely, gentle natured girl with impeccable manners".

In a statement paying tribute to the popular schoolgirl, he also issued advice for parents concerned about meningitis.

The Year 11 student was in school taking mock GCSE exams last week and news of her death has caused shockwaves throughout the school community.

Kathleen Moore said: “My beautiful baby girl, with her beautiful mind, body and soul lost her fight to meningitis today (Sunday), devastated doesn’t come close.

“Thank you to all of Con’s friends and family that have been supporting us. Con would have been so happy that over 50 people came to root for her. I love you baby bear, sweet sweet dreams.”

Other tributes included one from Susie Moore which said: “I don’t want to think of life without you but have 16 years of amazing memories that will last a lifetime.”

Kyle Yourin said: “You are amazing. My heart goes out to all your family and friends. Goodnight con, gone but never forgotten” and Megan McHale added: “My beautiful best friend and cousin, I’m going to miss you so much, I don’t know what I’m going to do without you.”

Alistair Brien, headteacher at Bournemouth School for Girls said: "Connie was a lovely, gentle natured girl with impeccable manners.  She was easy to talk to and totally reliable. 

"She was studious and hard-working in class and also a talented singer out of school. 

"Always bright and bubbly she had a wonderful laugh, much appreciated by all her many friends.

"She was always there for them and could always cheer them up if they were down.

"Our thoughts and prayers are very much with Connie’s family at this time. 

"We will in the coming days have our own celebration of Connie’s life  to  share  our  memories  of  all  that she meant  to   her  very  many  friends. We  are  also  putting in place  measures  to  support  girls  in  school.

"We understand that the cause of Connie’s death was a form of meningitis.  I appreciate that this may cause anxiety amongst parents and pupils  and  I  have written to  them  to  reassure them. 

"I have liaised with Public Health England, the authority responsible for giving advice in such circumstances. They advise that no special measures  in  school are necessary at the present time.

"There is no reason to make any change in the school routine and no reason for children to be kept at home.

"Clearly  though  if parents have any concerns about their own daughter’s well-being they  should contact their GP immediately.

"Meningococcal bacteria are carried in the back of the throat of about one in ten people at any one time, but only very rarely cause illness.

"Most people who carry the bacteria become immune to them. The bacteria do not spread easily and only those who have had prolonged, close contact with the person are at a slightly greater risk of becoming ill.

"People who have not had prolonged, close contact, i.e. classmates, friends, social acquaintances, visitors to the house etc., are NOT at any greater risk than the rest of the population and do not need antibiotics.

"Those who have shared drinks with the case but have not had prolonged close contact also have no increased risks.

"Although illness with these bacteria only occurs rarely, it is sensible to be aware of the signs and symptoms.If you suspect that a member of your family is suffering from these symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately.

"Further information is available from NHS 111 or the meningitis charities which run 24 hour information lines for general information about meningitis or for requesting a leaflet."

A letter by head teacher Alistair Brien has also been emailed to parents with children at Bournemouth School for Girls, read it here: Letter from the BSG Headteacher.pdf

Connie’s death has been reported to the coroner and investigations will be carried out.

Her family have requested that condolences should be left on Connie's personal Facebook page.

  • Health chiefs are warning people not to mistake meningitis for more minor illnesses like colds or flu.

The risk of meningitis and septicaemia heightens in winter when people’s immune systems are weakened from fighting common illnesses making them more vulnerable to bacterial meningitis.

Bacterial meningitis and septicaemia which affects around 3,400 people across the UK each year, are easily mistaken for milder illnesses but can kill within 24 hours and may cause serious, life-long disabilities.

As many as one in ten of those affected will die and a third of survivors will be left with after-effects, some as serious as brain damage, amputations, blindness and hearing loss.

More UK children under the age of five die from meningitis and septicaemia than any other infectious disease.

Christopher Head, chief executive of the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) said: “Everyone at MRF was saddened to hear about the tragic death of Connie Moore and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time. January is one of the peak periods for meningitis and septicaemia and many parents are not aware that their children are not protected against all strains. There is currently no vaccine available in the UK against the most common cause of meningitis -- meningococcal B infection (MenB).

“A new vaccine against MenB is currently under consideration by the JCVI (the committee that advises Government on vaccines) and we are campaigning hard for it to be introduced as soon as possible. Vaccines have almost eliminated many types of meningitis and septicaemia but they still present a very real threat to our children so being aware of the symptoms and acting fast is essential to saving lives.”

Nicky McClure from Wimborne is an MRF regional ambassador who has had personal experience of the disease. Her daughter Megan was one of the lucky ones.

“Megan rushed to hospital in 2006 when she was three days old where they started treating her for meningitis straight away.

“We were told the next 24 hours were critical and if we had waited any longer to bring her in we would have lost her.”

Nicky said she would be going into Bournemouth School for Girls this week to distribute literature on behalf of the charity.

She added: “There are many different types of meningitis and it doesn’t discriminate by age, gender or race. The most important thing is raising awareness.”

Meningitis: know the symptoms

Symptoms can appear in any order, usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell, just like many mild illnesses.

Symptoms that more specific to meningitis include limb pain, cold hands and feet which often appear earlier than a rash (see glass test), neck stiffness, photophobia (dislike of bright lights) and confusion.

Not everyone gets all of these symptoms.

In some cases, a rash may not appear at all.

Glass test: Press a clear glass firmly against the rash to see if it fades under pressure. If it doesn’t, contact your doctor immediately.

Further information is available from NHS 111 or the meningitis charities which run 24 hour information lines.

Meningitis Research Foundation 0808 800 3344 or visit meningitis.org

Meningitis Now 0808 80 10 388 visit meningitisnow.org/meningitis-info

 

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9:27am Mon 20 Jan 14

Bournemouth87 says...

How very sad R.I.P. Taken far too young
How very sad R.I.P. Taken far too young Bournemouth87
  • Score: 29

10:00am Mon 20 Jan 14

PeachesRolls says...

I am so dreadfully sorry to hear of Connie's passing. My daughter is in year 13 at BSG and I know they are all utterly shocked and saddened that she has been taken far too young. Xx
I am so dreadfully sorry to hear of Connie's passing. My daughter is in year 13 at BSG and I know they are all utterly shocked and saddened that she has been taken far too young. Xx PeachesRolls
  • Score: 30

10:53am Mon 20 Jan 14

Helpline says...

Everyone at Meningitis Research Foundation is extremely saddened to hear the news about Connie. Meningitis is so cruel and can strike so quickly. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and friends.
If anyone has any questions or concerns please visit our website www.meningitis.org or call our freefone helpline on 080 8800 3344.
Everyone at Meningitis Research Foundation is extremely saddened to hear the news about Connie. Meningitis is so cruel and can strike so quickly. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and friends. If anyone has any questions or concerns please visit our website www.meningitis.org or call our freefone helpline on 080 8800 3344. Helpline
  • Score: 36

10:55am Mon 20 Jan 14

Bournehammer68 says...

RIP little one.
RIP little one. Bournehammer68
  • Score: 20

11:49am Mon 20 Jan 14

jacs140@btinternet.com says...

I'm so very sorry for your sad loss and at such a young age, God Bless you all xx
I'm so very sorry for your sad loss and at such a young age, God Bless you all xx jacs140@btinternet.com
  • Score: 24

11:49am Mon 20 Jan 14

a.g.o.g. says...

Well worthy of an Echo headline warning that this ever-present killer presents, to the younger generation in particular.
With sympathies.
Well worthy of an Echo headline warning that this ever-present killer presents, to the younger generation in particular. With sympathies. a.g.o.g.
  • Score: 25

12:34pm Mon 20 Jan 14

jujg16 says...

My daughter is in Connie's year group and she is truly devastated, they all are. So truly tragic. RIP x x
My daughter is in Connie's year group and she is truly devastated, they all are. So truly tragic. RIP x x jujg16
  • Score: 18

12:36pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Rosiesdad says...

RIP and condolences to all Connie's family and friends - very sad news indeed.
RIP and condolences to all Connie's family and friends - very sad news indeed. Rosiesdad
  • Score: 15

3:40pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Vikki27 says...

That's awful. I'm so sorry for everyone who knew her. She'll always watch over you.
That's awful. I'm so sorry for everyone who knew her. She'll always watch over you. Vikki27
  • Score: 10

4:04pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Andrew Hopkinson says...

Everyone at Meningitis Now extends their deepest sympathy to Connie's family and friends at this very sad time. Meningitis is a cruel and devastating disease.

At Meningitis Now we're here 24-hours a day 7 days a week to support individuals, families and communities who have an experience of meningitis, with support officers based throughout the country. Please contact Meningitis Now on our 24-hour freephone helpline on 0808 80 10 388, or see our website at www.meningitisnow.or
g if we can be of any help.
Everyone at Meningitis Now extends their deepest sympathy to Connie's family and friends at this very sad time. Meningitis is a cruel and devastating disease. At Meningitis Now we're here 24-hours a day 7 days a week to support individuals, families and communities who have an experience of meningitis, with support officers based throughout the country. Please contact Meningitis Now on our 24-hour freephone helpline on 0808 80 10 388, or see our website at www.meningitisnow.or g if we can be of any help. Andrew Hopkinson
  • Score: 14

5:19pm Mon 20 Jan 14

WessexBlue says...

This is terrible news, I'd like to send my condolences to Connie's family and friends at this difficult time. My son and his mates were friends with Connie and have been devastated by this news.

RIP Connie, you were taken away from your loved ones far too soon.
This is terrible news, I'd like to send my condolences to Connie's family and friends at this difficult time. My son and his mates were friends with Connie and have been devastated by this news. RIP Connie, you were taken away from your loved ones far too soon. WessexBlue
  • Score: 9

5:35pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Fran Carpenter says...

Dearest Connie's family. I am so, so sad to hear this news. You may remember I used to teach Connie music at Hill View Primary. I remember her always as one of my star singers and choir members. A beautiful girl with a beautiful voice. Bless you, lovely red haired Connie. Singing with the angels. Love to all of you. Fran Carpenter xx
Dearest Connie's family. I am so, so sad to hear this news. You may remember I used to teach Connie music at Hill View Primary. I remember her always as one of my star singers and choir members. A beautiful girl with a beautiful voice. Bless you, lovely red haired Connie. Singing with the angels. Love to all of you. Fran Carpenter xx Fran Carpenter
  • Score: 21

5:47pm Mon 20 Jan 14

hamworthygirl says...

So sad to read this, my thoughts with the family to lose such a lovely young girl they must be heartbroken
So sad to read this, my thoughts with the family to lose such a lovely young girl they must be heartbroken hamworthygirl
  • Score: 10

5:48pm Mon 20 Jan 14

jimoslo says...

I can say that anyone that knew Connie had a piece of there heart broken
on Sunday, she truly was a beautiful child inside and out and i dont think any words i can say will express how much Connie will be missed by everyone.
All my love to Kathleen and Mark X
Jim. W
I can say that anyone that knew Connie had a piece of there heart broken on Sunday, she truly was a beautiful child inside and out and i dont think any words i can say will express how much Connie will be missed by everyone. All my love to Kathleen and Mark X Jim. W jimoslo
  • Score: 8

7:21pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

It is at terrible times like these that we remember that all the prestige, wealth and possessions that most of us strive for are worthless without the people we love. RIP Connie.
It is at terrible times like these that we remember that all the prestige, wealth and possessions that most of us strive for are worthless without the people we love. RIP Connie. Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: 9

8:40pm Mon 20 Jan 14

mac340v8 says...

So, so tragic. My heart bleeds for the family.
The loss of a child is like nothing else.
So, so tragic. My heart bleeds for the family. The loss of a child is like nothing else. mac340v8
  • Score: 6

9:42pm Mon 20 Jan 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Such a nasty bacteria.
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We need to stop wasting money on the obese Nintendo kids and put it towards sustained education and awareness of these real killers that can kill anyone.
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Meningococcal meningitis awareness seems to go in and out of fashion like baggy jean with the NHS!
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Deepest condolences to the family.
Such a nasty bacteria. . We need to stop wasting money on the obese Nintendo kids and put it towards sustained education and awareness of these real killers that can kill anyone. . Meningococcal meningitis awareness seems to go in and out of fashion like baggy jean with the NHS! . Deepest condolences to the family. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 4

10:49pm Mon 20 Jan 14

louise.oliver says...

RIP Connie! My brother is in year 11 and goes to Bournemouth School for boys and he told our family the tragic news. My love goes out to the family and friends of Connie
RIP Connie! My brother is in year 11 and goes to Bournemouth School for boys and he told our family the tragic news. My love goes out to the family and friends of Connie louise.oliver
  • Score: 2

4:09am Tue 21 Jan 14

Old Boscombe Lad says...

RIP Connie. My thoughts go out to your family and friend from Vancouver Canada.
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RIP Connie. My thoughts go out to your family and friend from Vancouver Canada. . Old Boscombe Lad
  • Score: 4

8:10am Tue 21 Jan 14

Sandrsdickson61@icloud.com says...

Goodnight and Godbless Dear Connie,shocked and devastated to hear the news,such a tragedy to be taken away from those that loved you by this dreadful illness,R I P little Angel the heavens will be lit up with your beautiful smile and your glorious voice,my love and condolences to all the family,so very sorry for the loss of a wonderful young lady who will be sadly missed by many.xxxxxxx
Goodnight and Godbless Dear Connie,shocked and devastated to hear the news,such a tragedy to be taken away from those that loved you by this dreadful illness,R I P little Angel the heavens will be lit up with your beautiful smile and your glorious voice,my love and condolences to all the family,so very sorry for the loss of a wonderful young lady who will be sadly missed by many.xxxxxxx Sandrsdickson61@icloud.com
  • Score: 7

10:38am Tue 21 Jan 14

WOC says...

I assume you removed my message from yesterday because you know that you released this terrible story without Connie's mum's permission. And despite her asking you to not print it in today's paper you have done so.

I am absolutely and totally disgusted by your actions Echo. You should hang your head in shame.

By the way, lifting photo's and messages from Facebook does not give you authority to encroach on others misery. As if Connie's family don't have enough to deal with at this time!

By all means delete this post too & I will continue to message until you remove this!!!!!
I assume you removed my message from yesterday because you know that you released this terrible story without Connie's mum's permission. And despite her asking you to not print it in today's paper you have done so. I am absolutely and totally disgusted by your actions Echo. You should hang your head in shame. By the way, lifting photo's and messages from Facebook does not give you authority to encroach on others misery. As if Connie's family don't have enough to deal with at this time! By all means delete this post too & I will continue to message until you remove this!!!!! WOC
  • Score: 25

11:10am Tue 21 Jan 14

Adam_Moore says...

We acknowledge that there are certain reporting rights with regards to social media comments and the use of photos, after discussing this with the Echo the article has been amended and is now in line with Connie's mum, Kathleen's wishes, this issue is now resolved.

The messages of love and goodwill have been unprecedented, this has been greatly appreciated by Kathleen and our family.

Details of the funeral will be announced in due course.
We acknowledge that there are certain reporting rights with regards to social media comments and the use of photos, after discussing this with the Echo the article has been amended and is now in line with Connie's mum, Kathleen's wishes, this issue is now resolved. The messages of love and goodwill have been unprecedented, this has been greatly appreciated by Kathleen and our family. Details of the funeral will be announced in due course. Adam_Moore
  • Score: 6

11:18am Tue 21 Jan 14

WOC says...

Hi Adam,

Thank you for clearing that up. I will say no more about it.

Rest in peace Connie, you will be greatly missed.
Hi Adam, Thank you for clearing that up. I will say no more about it. Rest in peace Connie, you will be greatly missed. WOC
  • Score: 5

11:09am Wed 22 Jan 14

60plus says...

I am very sorry about her death but did it really need to be front page lots of children die every year but they don't get in the news.
I am very sorry about her death but did it really need to be front page lots of children die every year but they don't get in the news. 60plus
  • Score: -18

2:01pm Wed 22 Jan 14

dorsetknitter says...

60plus wrote:
I am very sorry about her death but did it really need to be front page lots of children die every year but they don't get in the news.
Yes I think it did as has already been pointed out this is a nasty disease and attention drawn to it might save another child or young persons life. At least then Connie's tragic early passing will have done something RIP
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: I am very sorry about her death but did it really need to be front page lots of children die every year but they don't get in the news.[/p][/quote]Yes I think it did as has already been pointed out this is a nasty disease and attention drawn to it might save another child or young persons life. At least then Connie's tragic early passing will have done something RIP dorsetknitter
  • Score: 5

5:04am Thu 23 Jan 14

Sandrsdickson61@icloud.com says...

Hey 60plus,sort your head out,WHAT is wrong with YOU.....! A young girl has passed away because of a horrible illness and it needs to be recognised AND if that needs the front page every day for one other childs parents to recognise the symptoms of this dreadful disease THEN SO BE IT !!!! You hateful person......
Hey 60plus,sort your head out,WHAT is wrong with YOU.....! A young girl has passed away because of a horrible illness and it needs to be recognised AND if that needs the front page every day for one other childs parents to recognise the symptoms of this dreadful disease THEN SO BE IT !!!! You hateful person...... Sandrsdickson61@icloud.com
  • Score: 6

11:15pm Thu 23 Jan 14

portia6 says...

Sandrsdickson61@iclo
ud.com
wrote:
Hey 60plus,sort your head out,WHAT is wrong with YOU.....! A young girl has passed away because of a horrible illness and it needs to be recognised AND if that needs the front page every day for one other childs parents to recognise the symptoms of this dreadful disease THEN SO BE IT !!!! You hateful person......
So sad this disease is so awful and rightly The Echo published this and
it highlights the message about the symptoms, how lucky 60 plus to
still be here. Connie had her life cut short undeservedly.
[quote][p][bold]Sandrsdickson61@iclo ud.com[/bold] wrote: Hey 60plus,sort your head out,WHAT is wrong with YOU.....! A young girl has passed away because of a horrible illness and it needs to be recognised AND if that needs the front page every day for one other childs parents to recognise the symptoms of this dreadful disease THEN SO BE IT !!!! You hateful person......[/p][/quote]So sad this disease is so awful and rightly The Echo published this and it highlights the message about the symptoms, how lucky 60 plus to still be here. Connie had her life cut short undeservedly. portia6
  • Score: 2

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