Alex Theodossiadis was destined for a promising career as a DJ when his life was cut tragically short by meningitis.

The 25-year-old from Hale, was a popular figure in the dance and electronic music scene in his hometown of Manchester, and later in Leeds, where he had been based.

But on January 28, 2020, Alex passed away very suddenly, sending shockwaves through the music community in the north and beyond.

His close-knit family were left devastated.

Having known very little about meningitis prior to Alex's death, his family now want to raise as much awareness of the infection as possible, in the hope to save lives.

Alex's mum Sue believes symptom awareness needs to be increased amongst the public, as well as health professionals.

His younger brother Seb Theodossiadis, who is also a DJ, has spent the last 18 months organising a series of events to raise money for the charity Meningitis Now.

Now he's launching his biggest fundraiser yet - a series of seven live streams over seven days, featuring over 80 DJs from Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, London and Berlin, who knew Alex.

DJ Alex Theodossiadis

Each stream will be hosted by collectives close to Alex's heart, and all money raised will be donated to funding life-saving meningitis research.

"The past year has been incredibly strange for my family, even more so because of the pandemic," said Seb.

"We have a small family so the loss of Alex has been life-changing for us.

"No-one should die at the age of 25 and the manner in which he passed away was so sudden and felt truly unjust.

"We are coping and time will heal, though it still feels very raw to us."

Since Alex's passing, Seb has helped organise a number of events in his memory, from radio shows, to a dedicated club night, bike rides, and since the pandemic hit - live streams.

"We have chosen to support Meningitis Now because they work to prevent others from dying in the same way that Alex did. It's as simple as that," Seb said.

Alex's mother, Sue Theodossiadis, says her son's death has made her and her family realise that a much better understanding of meningitis symptoms is needed in the UK.

"We have learnt how devastating the disease can be - Alex was young, fit and healthy, and this came out of the blue," she said.

"Through the charity we've met other families who have lost members - old and young - to meningitis, an infection which strikes rapidly and hard.

"No two stories are the same. We were aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis in babies and young children, but had no idea of its presentation or impact on young adults."

Sue said her son struggled to get a GP appointment, after complaining of feeling very unwell, with a severe headache.

"The nature and gravity of his illness wasn't recognised and he was prescribed strong painkillers," she said.

"He was admitted to hospital the following day after becoming confused. By Sunday he was in a coma, and he died on the Tuesday.

"It's absolutely vital that awareness is increased, both amongst the medical profession and the public."

For the family, the last year has been incredibly difficult, particularly as many people were unable to travel to Alex's funeral - which took place on March 20, last year.

"In one sense we were fortunate as there wasn't yet a restriction on numbers, and my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones in the months since," said Sue.

"The constant press coverage of seriously ill and dying people in ICUs across the country made it very hard to watch the television.

"As a family we have been touched by the many tributes to Alex, and the strength of the friendships that surrounded him. His friends have been really supportive."

All the streams can be attended on Facebook from today (April 19) here.

You can donate to Meningitis Now via Seb's fundraising page here.