Sale meningitis ambassador to take part in charity Trans Pennine Challenge

Sale meningitis ambassador to take part in charity Trans Pennine Challenge

Sale meningitis ambassador to take part in charity Trans Pennine Challenge

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A MENINGITIS ambassador from Sale has signed up to take part in Meningitis Research Foundation’s 25th anniversary walk in May 2014.

Led by charity chief executive Christopher Head and other senior staff, the walk will begin at Sheffield University on May 23 and the charity hopes its supporters and members of the public will join them on an eight day challenge across the Peak District National Park.

The walk will pass through many historic towns and villages along the way: Hope, Bamford, Hathersage, Bakewell, Buxton, Castleton, Edale and Glossop and will end with a research discovery day at the National Meningitis Reference Laboratories in Manchester where walkers will be offered a guided tour around the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) Genome Library project – a world first in medical research.

Christine Etheridge, 48, who has been a regional ambassador for the charity since 2012, is the doing the last leg of the walk.

She said: “My son Ben contracted meningitis in 2004 at the age of three. He was critically ill in hospital for eight weeks but fortunately recovered and is doing really well.

“He is now 13 and still having ongoing treatment and operations on his legs due to the damage the illness caused. Since I joined the charity I have done a number of half marathons, awareness talks and interviews in local and national media.

“Last year I climbed Kilimanjaro - the most physical, toughest, mind over matter, amazing thing I have ever done in my life and raised over £6,000 for MRF. This is my next challenge and a lot closer to home.”

To sponsor Christine visit: www.justgiving.com/Christine-Etheridge1. Christopher Head, CEO of MRF said: “We are so grateful to Christine for taking on yet another challenge on our behalf and joining us in this Walk to mark our anniversary. We have spent over £17 million on research since we launched in 1989 and this research has helped save thousands of children and adults from death and severe disability. Since the charity began the number of deaths from meningitis in the UK has halved. None of it would have been possible without our supporters and their amazing fundraising efforts. It’s thanks to them we have been able to change the landscape of meningitis in the UK and Ireland. And it’s their ongoing support which will ensure we can share the expertise we’ve built up over 25 years with millions more around the world.”

The walk is suitable for both experienced hikers looking for a challenge or families looking for a Bank Holiday stroll.

Registration costs £10 per person or £25 per family and MRF is hoping each person/family will raise a minimum £100 sponsorship. The money raised will enable the charity to continue vital medical research into the treatment, detection and prevention of meningitis.

To register and get a pack containing a detailed itinerary of each day’s route, training guide, fundraising guide and sponsorship forms please contact Henry Barnes, Membership and Support Officer, on 01454 280411 or email: henryb@meningitis.org Alternatively walkers can register online at www.meningitis.org/walk.

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2:24am Sun 11 May 14

MUSAorg1 says...

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We want to ask this country and you if they have the heart of a lion! Let's see if we can come together as a community and step up to the plate and put an end to this horrible disease. Our goal is to help as many people as we can and raise money to go to the Meningitis Foundation of America. We are trying to raise as much awareness about this disease so no one has to suffer from the horrible side effects. We are hoping all of America comes together to help eradicate this disease.
https://www.facebook .com/Lionheart4Menin gitis We want to ask this country and you if they have the heart of a lion! Let's see if we can come together as a community and step up to the plate and put an end to this horrible disease. Our goal is to help as many people as we can and raise money to go to the Meningitis Foundation of America. We are trying to raise as much awareness about this disease so no one has to suffer from the horrible side effects. We are hoping all of America comes together to help eradicate this disease. MUSAorg1
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2:25am Sun 11 May 14

MUSAorg1 says...

The Meningitis Foundation of America offers extensive information regarding diagnosis, immunization, recovery and the after effects of meningitis. MFA survives primarily by donations. For the past 16 years, we have assisted people through support groups, resources and advocacy in efforts to help those affected with meningitis overcome and those around them understand the journey ahead. We promote prevention and safety measure in at risk communities and help explain the short term, long term effects and recovery treatments of meningitis to the media and public at large. Meningitis is a dangerous & often times fatal infection that can lead to serious life-long physical problems and even death. We are here to provide emotional support to those who need it; please feel free to reach out to us at www.musa.org.
Caroline L. Petrie
National Secretary
Meningitis Foundation of America, Inc.
World Meningitis Day 24 April
Educate~Vaccinate~Er
adicate
The Meningitis Foundation of America offers extensive information regarding diagnosis, immunization, recovery and the after effects of meningitis. MFA survives primarily by donations. For the past 16 years, we have assisted people through support groups, resources and advocacy in efforts to help those affected with meningitis overcome and those around them understand the journey ahead. We promote prevention and safety measure in at risk communities and help explain the short term, long term effects and recovery treatments of meningitis to the media and public at large. Meningitis is a dangerous & often times fatal infection that can lead to serious life-long physical problems and even death. We are here to provide emotional support to those who need it; please feel free to reach out to us at www.musa.org. Caroline L. Petrie National Secretary Meningitis Foundation of America, Inc. World Meningitis Day 24 April Educate~Vaccinate~Er adicate MUSAorg1
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