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Aunt and Uncle to climb Ben Nevis in memory of nephew

Aunt and Uncle to climb Ben Nevis in memory of nephew

21 June 2012

Jayne and David Brown from Costessey will be climbing Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain on Wednesday 18 July in memory of their nephew Ryan Sweatman who died of meningitis at the age of 19 in January 2012.

Along with family friends Sue Goodall and Julie King, they aim to climb 4,408 feet to reach the summit and raise vital funds for MRF who have been supporting the family since Ryan died.

Jayne said: “On New Year’s Day we had our traditional family get together with Ryan and we never imagined that within days we would all be completely shattered with the news that he was gone, so suddenly and so unexpectedly and with no chance to save him. This dreadful disease has now struck our family twice as Ryan’s brother Joe also died after contracting meningitis 21 years ago when he was just two months old.”

David said: “Ryan made such a positive difference to so many lives. His family and his friends will never get over losing him or his brother Joe. Every pound raised will make a difference and will help to fund research to find a vaccine, increase awareness and education and prevent this disease from cruelly taking such precious lives.”

To sponsor Jayne and David please go to: http://www.justgiving.com/bennevisforryan

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF said: “Meningitis and septicaemia can affect people of all ages, striking in minutes and killing in hours. We really appreciate the huge personal challenge that Jayne, David and their friends have undertaken on behalf of MRF. To date Ryan’s Remembrance fund has raised over £20,000 and it is so important that people continue to raise funds for us so we can continue our vital research into the prevention, detection and treatment of the diseases and keep supporting those affected by them.”