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Doc Martin meets Cornish meningitis boy Marshall Janson

Marshall Janson and Martin Clunes
Martin Clunes called Marshall a "very courageous little boy"

A boy from Cornwall who lost his hands and legs following a severe meningitis attack has met the county's most famous fictional doctor, Doc Martin.

Martin Clunes, who plays the TV doctor, visited Marshall Janson, from Carharrack, near Redruth, to raise awareness about the disease.

Marshall, two, fell ill with meningitis on Boxing Day 2008.

The Handstand Appeal and Meningitis UK are raising money to help Marshall and find a vaccine.

'Devastating disease'

Clunes, who launched the campaign, Colour My Friday, from Bosvigo School in Truro, said: "Marshall's a very courageous little boy and it's an honour to meet him.

"I felt compelled to help when I read about all he's been through."

Colour My Friday means primary pupils at participating schools are allowed to dress in their most dazzling and colourful clothes in return for a donation.

Marshall's mum Stephanie, said: "We are only too well aware what a devastating disease meningitis can be.

"While our priority is to raise funds to help Marshall we feel an obligation to help raise awareness too.

"If we can help, in some small way, prevent what happened to Marshall happening to someone else, we would be absolutely thrilled."

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