Fun run in memory of Amy to raise funds for MRF

Fun run in memory of Amy to raise funds for MRF

09 July 2012

A fancy dress fun run is being held on Saturday 14 July at Manvers Lake, Wath-upon-Dearne in memory of local girl Amy Woods who died in November 2007 at the age of 14 from meningitis.

The run will begin at 3pm and there are two courses to choose from: a 1.25km scenic jog around the lake or a 5k route for the more adventurous. Entry fee for the race is £5 per person which will be donated to MRF.

Danica Youel (19) of Darfield and four other friends Charlotte Ward, Gemma Cartwright, Leanne Atkinson and Sophie Steele have set up the event and said: “ Amy was our best friend and she was only 14 when she passed away from meningitis and we want to help prevent this from happening to other children and young adults. It has been five years since Amy left us and we thought it would be a great idea to get all her family and friends together and raise as much as possible to show how much everyone loves her and still misses her. We are looking to raise £5000 in total this year and hosting more events such as sponsored skydive and charity night, with live entertainment. We are very excited for the run and hope everyone can come along and celebrate this good cause, in memory of a much loved friend.”

At the end of the Fun run there will be a disco until 10.00pm at Wath Lake’s Boathouse Club. There will be a raffle with some great prizes and the opportunity to buy charity wristbands.

To sponsor Danica and her friends please visit their website page on:

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF said: "We hope lots of people will sign up to take part in Danica’s Fancy Dress Fun Run in memory of Amy. Meningitis and septicaemia can affect people of all ages, striking in minutes and killing in hours. We rely on donations from individuals and companies so every penny raised by the event will allow us to continue our vital research into the prevention, detection and treatment of the diseases and keep supporting those affected by them."

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

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