Best friends from Bolton brave Virgin London Marathon to beat meningitis

Best friends from Bolton brave Virgin London Marathon to beat meningitis

12 April 2013

Alex Briggs (28) from Smithills, Bolton will be running her first marathon in April alongside best friend Ruth Hill (28) from Horwich to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation.

Alex and Ruth have signed up to take part in the world famous Virgin London Marathon on 21 April alongside thousands of other runners, many of whom will be raising vital funds for charities across the UK.

Alexandra said: “Not being content with doing the Great North Run in September 2012, Ruth and I decided to 'go all the way' and enter the London Marathon as Ruth’s sister Anne Fletcher, tragically died after contracting septicaemia aged just 18 years in 2001. We have taken up running over recent years as a way of fundraising for the charity in memory of Anne, who is so missed by all those who knew and loved her. Meningitis Research Foundation does invaluable work both in terms of research into meningitis and septicaemia, and providing support to those affected or bereaved as a result of the diseases so we hope we can raise as much money as possible."
Ruth said “I am happy to be able to support Meningitis Research Foundation and fundraise in my sister’s memory; sharing my experience and promoting awareness of meningitis and septicaemia within my local community may save lives”.

You can sponsor Ruth for the London Marathon by visiting:

Chris Head, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation said: “We are extremely grateful to Alexandra and Ruth for taking part in the London Marathon in April on our behalf. Meningitis and septicaemia are deadly diseases which can strike without warning, killing in hours as Ruth and her family are sadly aware following the loss of Anne in 2001. We rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of the diseases and support those affected, so every penny raised through sponsorship doing the London Marathon will make a huge difference to us. ”

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m MRF's PR Manager.

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