Dartford woman becomes Meningitis Ambassador in memory of sister

Dartford woman becomes Meningitis Ambassador in memory of sister

19 May 2012

Leoni Gabell from Dartford has become a regional Ambassador for MRF. MRF Ambassadors are active members of MRF who all have personal experience of the diseases. They have been selected to take on this new role to represent the organisation at the local and regional level.

Leoni said: “I have been supporting MRF since my sister Zoe died in January 2010 of Group B Streptococcal Infection and Septicaemia. Zoe was a fit and healthy, 35yr old mother of two girls, now aged 8 and 11yrs old. I decided to keep her memory alive by raising much needed funds for Meningitis Research Foundation as they were so fantastic in supporting myself and the family when she died. I started off raising sponsorship for a group of family and friends climbing Kilimanjaro in Zoe’s name. We then went on to hold many events such as a summer field party, several Christmas parties, bake sales, sponsored runs, (I’m actually doing the Bupa 10k for the second time next weekend), swims, haircuts and lots more. So far we have raised nearly £50,000. I was honoured to be asked to represent MRF as an Ambassador and I look forward to meeting as many people as I can in my home town to raise awareness of meningitis and septicaemia and to spread the word about the great work we do.”

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF said: “We are so grateful to Leoni for agreeing to represent the work we do in Dartford. Our Ambassadors have been set up to meet the specific needs of their local communities; either speaking to the local media about our latest campaigns or providing talks in nurseries and schools across the region. In addition, the Ambassadors aim to become an accessible and reliable source of information, tips and resources for local people who want to get involved in charity fundraising; as well as organising, participating in and assisting with events themselves. We have a huge network of members around the UK who help raise awareness and vital funds and the work they do on our behalf makes a huge difference.”

To sponsor Leoni in the Bupa 10k or find out more about her sister Zoe please visit her Justgiving Page: http://www.justgiving.com/smileforzoe-bupa10k

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

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