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Former England cricket captain and “Strictly” star backs Anniversary Walk

Former England cricket captain and “Strictly” star backs Anniversary Walk

07 April 2014

Former England cricket captain and Strictly Come Dancing star Michael Vaughan is encouraging everyone to sign up to our 25th anniversary walk in in May.
Michael said: “ I’m encouraging everyone to sign up for the 25th anniversary walk for Meningitis Research Foundation. Meningitis and septicaemia can affect anyone, of any age, at any time and the heartbreak it causes families needs to be hit for six!”

Our 140km walk across the Pennines will connect two landmark buildings in the history of meningitis and septicaemia research. 

Led by CEO Christopher Head and other senior staff the walk will begin at Sheffield University on Friday 23 May and we hope our supporters and members of the public will join us on an 8 day challenge across the beautiful Peak District National Park.

The walk will pass through many historic towns and villages along the way: Hope, Bamford, Hathersage, Bakewell, Buxton, Castleton, Edale and Glossop and will end with a research site visit at the National Meningitis Reference Laboratories in Manchester where walkers will be offered a guided tour around the MRF Genome Library project – a world first in medical research.

Christopher Head, said: “A big thank you to Michael for backing our fundraising walk. We hope people will join us and help mark our anniversary - the science of saving lives for 25 years. We have spent over £17 million on research since we launched in 1989 and this research has saved thousands of children and adults from death and severe disability. Since the charity began the number of deaths from meningitis in the UK has halved. None of it would have been possible without our supporters and their amazing fundraising efforts. It’s thanks to them we have been able to change the landscape of meningitis in the UK and Ireland. And it’s their ongoing support which will ensure we can share the expertise we’ve built up over 25 years with millions more around the world.”

The walk is suitable for both experienced hikers looking for a challenge or families looking for a half term stroll.

Registration costs just £10 per person or £25 per family and MRF are hoping each person/family will raise a minimum £100 sponsorship.

To register and get a pack containing a detailed itinerary of each day’s route, training guide, fundraising guide and sponsorship forms please contact Henry Barnes, Membership and Support Officer on 01454 280411 or email:

Alternatively walkers can register online at



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