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meningitis & septicaemia can kill in hours!

People who are faced with meningitis and septicaemia have to act fast to help save a life.

‘Miracle Man’ runs Great North Run after beating meningitis.

‘Miracle Man’ runs Great North Run after beating meningitis.

18 October 2013

Matthew Walton (22) and his brother Shane (27) from Keighley completed the Great North Run last month and raised nearly £1200 for Meningitis Research Foundation after Matthew battled the disease last year. 

Mum Debbie Bowdin said: “Matthew was taken ill suddenly with septicaemia in July 2012. It was a miracle that he pulled through and the Doctor called him ‘A miracle man’, thankfully he is now fit and well and is living his life to the full."

"Matthew and Shane wanted to take on the challenge of the Great North Run to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation and completed the race in 2 hours and 8 minutes. It was very emotional and a brilliant achievement and they managed to raise nearly £1200 pounds and intend to carry on fundraising along with their other brother Jason. Thank you to everyone who sponsored them.”

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Matthew and Shane who joined our team of 150 runners at the Great North Run. We rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. The family know better than anyone how this disease affects people all ages and how quickly it strikes so every penny raised from their efforts will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our work.”

If you want to sign up to a running event in aid of MRF in 2014 visit our fundraising pages to find the race most suited to you.

 

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