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Jonnie Peacock asks public to help beat meningitis and septicaemia

Jonnie Peacock asks public to help beat meningitis and septicaemia

23 December 2013

Gold medallist and World Champion sprinter Jonnie Peacock is encouraging eveyone to join him in 2014 by supporting MRF in our 25th anniversay year.

Jonnie lost his right leg below the knee when he was five years old after contracting group B meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in October 1998, but it hasn’t held him back. He won the Gold medal for the 100m in the London 2012 Paralympics and the World Championships in 2013 – becoming an inspiration to families around the UK affected by the disease and the nation’s favourite blade runner.

Jonnie became a Patron in 2012 because we support families, like his, affected by the disease, promote awareness and have invested over £17m in research to encourage more vaccines.

Jonnie says: “MRF has made a real difference to people’s lives over 25 years and I want to make sure it can continue it’s work for another 25 years. So if you make only one New Year’s Resolution this December, make a commitment to donate or fundraise for this charity.

“There are lots of ways you can support us from taking part in a 25th Anniversary Walk, signing up to run with us at events across the UK or taking part in cycle rides. You could even mark your own special anniversary with a one-off donation or ask for donations instead of presents next year. Please do what ever you can to help. Click here for more information on how you can sign up for an event and join us in the fight against meningitis and septicaemia.”