Jonnie Peacock takes time out to meet MRF Ambassadors

Jonnie Peacock takes time out to meet MRF Ambassadors

28 May 2013

Straight from his convincing win in the 100m at the Great City Games in Manchester on Saturday, Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) patron and Paralympic gold medalist Jonnie Peacock took time out to meet MRF Ambassadors the Crockatt family from Leyland in Lancashire.

Sofia Crockatt contracted meningococcal septicaemia in February 2007 when she was 2 ½ years old and spent two weeks in ITU where her life hung in the balance. The damage to Sofia's lower limbs was so bad that the doctors had to amputate her left leg below the knee, and fight to save her right leg.

Sofia said: “It was awesome to watch Jonnie running on the track on Saturday and I was so happy that he won the race! I shouted, "Go Jonnie!" really loudly. After the race we got to meet him and he showed me his new running blade leg which is so cool. Hopefully when I‘m older I might have one the same.”

Nick Crockatt, Sofia’s dad said: “Jonnie Peacock is the epitome of what a role model should be for children like Sofia who have lost their limbs to meningitis and septicaemia. Inspiring for the obvious reasons, but also his kindness and patience when meeting our family meant a lot to us and he gave us some fantastic advice about prosthetic limbs that will be very useful. Jonnie is very charming and articulate, with a great sense of humour and the Crockatt's, as well as the rest of Meningitis Research Foundation, are very proud to have him as our patron.”

Sofia is currently in training for the Mini-Great North Run on Saturday 14 September and dad Nick will be taking part in the Great North Run on the following day to raise money and awareness for Meningitis Research Foundation. To sponsor them go to their Justgiving page at:

Breaking news – Jonnie Peacock is celebrating his 20th birthday and has asked his Twitter followers to donate a £1 to MRF.

Sam Williams
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