The family of a 16-year-old boy from Guernsey say they are ‘devastated’ after losing their son.

Joe Gray died last week after contracting meningitis. He was treated in Princess Elizabeth Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

His family say his death has left a void in their lives.

We, Joe’s family, have been left devastated and in a state of huge shock at the loss of our beautiful boy to meningitis. We would like to extend our thanks to all those who have sent cards, messages, flowers and food parcels, showing their love and support, which have been a huge comfort at such a traumatic time.

Joe’s passing leaves a void in our lives and hearts that will never be filled. We would encourage the parents and friends of Joe’s closest friends to support them at this difficult time in any way they can.

We would also like to extend our thanks to the exceptional staff of the Intensive Care Unit at the PEH, in particular Dr Yarwood and nurses, Aggi, Kristy and Sharon, for looking after Joe, and the whole family, with such care and sensitivity. The whole team went above and beyond delivering round the clock care for Joe, for which we will be eternally grateful.

Meningitis can impact anyone, but is most common in babies, children, teenagers and young adults.