Get on your bike to help beat meningitis

Get on your bike to help beat meningitis

20 July 2012

MRF is calling on the nation’s cycling enthusiasts to join them on the 54 mile London to Brighton cycle ride and help raise funds for research into meningitis and septicaemia.

These devastating diseases can affect people of all ages, striking in minutes and killing in hours. In the UK and Ireland, around 3,600 people are affected each year. One in 10 people who contract the diseases lose their lives and many more are left with life changing disabilities including: brain damage, amputations, hearing loss and epilepsy.

The London to Brighton bike ride is an annual event which takes place on Sunday 16 September 2012 and has more than 2,000 participants. Riders will set off from South London and finish on Brighton beach, taking in Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead and Haywards Heath along the way.

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF said: “ Cycling has really taken off in recent years and we know many cyclists appreciate not just the physical challenge but the opportunity to raise money for charity as well. We want to encourage as many people as possible to support us and join MRF's team of riders. All money raised will enable us to fund research into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia, provide life-saving awareness information and support people who have lost a loved one or are struggling to cope with after effects.”

Cyclists are asked to pay a £30 registration fee and raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship.

To sign up to take part in the London to Brighton website: or contact Nikki May on 01454 280415

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m MRF's PR Manager.

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