Local boy to ride 90 miles in memory of dad who died of meningitis
17 February 2014
A teenager from Norwich is taking part in the Hethersett 90 on 20 April (a few days after his 14th birthday) in memory of his dad Andrew who died of pneumococcal meningitis in 2002 when he was two years old.
Alastair Barrows from Greenways (whose mum is Councillor Victoria Macdonald - a staunch MRF supporter) decided to take on the Hethersett 90 to raise vital funds for international charity Meningitis Research Foundation.
Alastair said: “ I don’t really remember much but my mum said my dad became ill on Christmas Day 2002 and despite a doctor coming to see him twice on Boxing Day, meningitis was not diagnosed. At 6am on 27th December he collapsed and was fitting; his body was covered in a blotchy, deep red rash and mum called 999 when he stopped breathing. She began CPR but sadly he was announced dead at 8am that morning. It took a long time to discover the cause of death but it was finally confirmed as pneumococcal bacteria resulting in septicaemia, causing complete organ failure. We never knew that a man in the prime of his life could get meningitis so we support Meningitis Research Foundation to help them raise awareness of the disease and ensure that vaccines are discovered to prevent anyone else contracting any type of meningitis.”
To sponsor Alastair please visit his Justgiving page at: http://www.justgiving.com/AlastairBarrows
Christopher Head, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation said: “We are really grateful to Alastair for taking on this challenge in memory of his dad. The money raised will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. Vaccines have almost eliminated many types of meningitis and septicaemia but they still present a very real threat to children and adults so we urge everyone to make sure they know the symptoms, trust their instincts and seek medical help if they suspect a loved one is ill.”