Coast to Coast Cycle for MRF

Coast to Coast Cycle for MRF

18 May 2012

Nigel Gwilliam from East Sheen has ridden 140 miles in aid of national charity Meningitis Research Foundation raising over £800.

Nigel set off on Saturday 12th May with a group of seven friends (Julius Duncan, Jonathan Gibson, Tim Smart  Stuart Campbell, James Cooper-Wolfe and John Whittaker) and rode from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Sunderland over the course of three days and a distance of 140 miles.

Nigel said: “I wanted to raise as much money as possible for the Meningitis Research Foundation as meningitis and septicaemia are such terrible diseases that can strike people of any age and kill in hours. My mum Gillian sadly died from meningococcal septicaemia in 1996 at the age of 62 and one of my fellow riders Stuart had to deal with his baby daughter Alice contracting the disease in 2007 when she was 4 weeks old. Thankfully she survived and has had no after effects due to the quick thinking doctors who treated her and the research that has been funded by MRF.”

Chris Head, Chief Executive at MRF, said: “We rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia, so every pound raised by our supporters makes a huge difference and enables us to continue our work. We are extremely grateful to Nigel and his colleagues for undertaking this challenge on our behalf and hope they are not too saddle sore.”

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Photo caption: left to right: Julius Duncan, Jonathan Gibson, Tim Smart and Nigel Gwilliam. Team mates not pictured include: Stuart Campbell, James Cooper-Wolfe and John Whittaker

Sam Williams
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