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PUBLISHED: 16:23 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 August 2010

FORMER The Apprentice contestant Lorraine Tighe has helped to raise £20,000 for charity. Ms Tighe, 37, from Beckenham, who came fourth in the BBC1 programme with Sir Alan Sugar, joined 160 walkers for a fundraising event in aid of Meningitis UK. She was

FORMER The Apprentice contestant Lorraine Tighe has helped to raise £20,000 for charity.

Ms Tighe, 37, from Beckenham, who came fourth in the BBC1 programme with Sir Alan Sugar, joined 160 walkers for a fundraising event in aid of Meningitis UK.

She was accompanied by her daughter Alexia, who was struck down by the illness at the age of two.

The family have chosen to support the charity's Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign to find an inoculation for meningitis B, the strain which left little Alexia fighting for her life.

Ms Tighe, who now hopes to work for the charity, said: "We were told that if we'd got Alexia to hospital any later then she might have died. A little boy in the bed next to her sadly passed away from the same strain. It was so traumatic and will stay with me for the rest of my life.

"I know we're lucky to have Alexia and that she's made a full recovery.

"Meningitis can strike so quickly, killing in under four hours, which is why it's so important people know what symptoms to look out for."

Ms Tighe, also mum to nine-year-old Lauren, helped raise cash for the charity during the summer stroll between Bath and Bristol.

To support the Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign, call 0117 373 73 73 or visit www.meningitisuk.org.

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