Foxhatch woman whose niece survived meningitis to take part in Marathon

Foxhatch woman whose niece survived meningitis to take part in Marathon

19 April 2012

A local woman from Wickford whose niece contracted bacterial meningitis at 3 weeks old in 2010 will be running a marathon for the first time this weekend (Sunday 22nd April) to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

Laura Huggins (33), of Foxhatch has signed up to take part in the world famous Virgin London Marathon and hopes to raise over £3,000 for MRF, a charity very close to her heart.

Laura said: “My beautiful baby niece Florence Grace was born in February 2010, fit and healthy and we were all very excited as she was the first grandchild of the family. At just 3 weeks old Florence contracted meningitis and septicaemia and was rushed to hospital where the doctors and nurses had to act fast to help save her life. After a long stay in Great Ormond Street, Florence was allowed to come home but she has been left with brain damage and is blind. MRF works towards improving survival rates, outcomes and promoting awareness so I want to raise as much money as possible for them so they can help beat this terrible disease."

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Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Laura for taking on the challenge of the marathon as we rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. Every penny raised through her efforts in the Marathon will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our work.”

For information on the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, you can call the Freefone helpline on 080 8800 3344, visit our symptoms page or download the free app from I-tunes ‘Meningitis – Know the Symptoms’.

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

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