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People who are faced with meningitis and septicaemia have to act fast to help save a life.

Jumping for Joshua

Jumping for Joshua

27 February 2012

Michael Sutton from Hull is doing a tandem skydive from 15,000 at Hibaldstow in aid of Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) on Saturday 3rd March in memory of his brother Joshua who died in 1990.  

Michael said:” My youngest brother, Joshua would have been 21 in December 2011 but unfortunately he was taken from us the day after he was born. He contracted meningococcal septicaemia and became very ill very quickly. As a 7 year old it was the hardest thing to understand that my younger brother would not be coming home with my mum and dad, god only knows how hard it must have been for them! I had been thinking of how I could do something to honour his memory and I have always wanted to do a sky dive so thought I could combine the two and raise money for a good cause. I have chosen to raise funds for Meningitis Research Foundation as they do so much to try and help eradicate this awful disease and hopefully will help prevent others having to endure the heartache our family have felt.”

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Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Michael for taking on this challenge as we really do rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. Every penny raised through his tandem skydive 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 or download the free app from I-tunes ‘Meningitis – Know the Symptoms’. 

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