This is a little bit late this year but after your fantastic support in April this year for me on the London Marathon, it has made it a little bit harder for me to post here again, but then there is never any harm in asking, so here goes
On Sunday 11th September, Louise and I will be competing in our 16th Great North Run in Newcastle. As much as we enjoy this weekend away (honestly, we do....usually by Sunday afternoon anyway!) we continue to do this race as a way of raising money for a worthy cause.
This year we have chosen another new charity for us and that is Meningitis Now . One of Louiseís friendís grandson, Harry John Done, who tragically lost his fight to the disease in February 2015 so weíre only too happy to try and raise as much money as we can in his memory. There are still lots of children who still arenít vaccinated against this disease and there still many strains that are not yet covered. It can also affect you at any age and we know personally two people who became seriously ill in adulthood.
Meningitis Now were the first meningitis patient group in the world, founders of the meningitis movement and the only charity dedicated to fighting meningitis in the UK.* Their mission is to be there for everyone affected by meningitis, spread lifesaving awareness about the disease, fund research into it and campaign for the introduction of licensed vaccines. They need over £3 million every year and without any central government funding, they rely on people like us to help.
Therefore, we would be very pleased if you could help us support this good cause by sponsoring us again as we run the 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shields in our bright orange Meningitis Now vests.
As always Iíve set up a Virgin Money Giving web page which is an incredibly safe & secure way to donate and ensures that the money reaches the Meningitis Now quickly along with the Gift Aid your donation may be eligible for. There is also further information on Meningitis Now on there as well as a picture of us in our running vests!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for your donation.
P.S. Even though I have now done twice the distance, watching this time lapse video of the course from last year still fills me with dread as itís still a long, long way to run!
* Meningitis Now website
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