THE parents of an eight-year-old girl who was struck down with life-threatening meningitis have thanked everyone who supported the family during their daughter’s illness.

Millie Crick, who lives in Malton, spent eight days in hospital battling meningococcal meningitis B which occurs mainly in babies and young children.

Now back at Malton Primary School, Millie’s dad Paul, said they wanted to thank all those who had rallied round to help and everyone who sent cards and presents.

“We are so grateful to family and friends who stepped in to look after our other four children while we at the hospital with Millie,” he said.

“All Millie’s classmates also made her a card as did Brooklyn Under 9s, who she plays for, which really cheered her up.”

Paul said they were also grateful to all the nurses and medical staff at York Hospital where Millie was treated.

“They were all amazing and we are so thankful for all they did,” he said..

“We would also like to thank the doctor who came out to see Millie when she first fell ill. If he hadn’t given her an injection of penicillin she probably wouldn’t be with us now.”

Hayley Hollingsworth, Millie’s teacher at Malton Primary School, said: “It is wonderful to have Millie back at school. Everyone has missed her and it is lovely to see her smiling.”