Local girl jumps from plane to raise funds for meningitis research
17 October 2013
A local girl from Hampshire recently threw herself out of plane in support of her sister Amy who contracted meningitis and septicaemia in 2011 at the age of 18.
Lucy Davis, 25, from Fleet completed the 15,000 foot skydive in Salisbury and raised £1,000 in aid of Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF), as we have supported Amy and her family since she contracted the disease and was left with life changing after effects.
Lucy said: “On the day Amy fell ill she had enjoyed lunch with friends and even went horse riding, before complaining of flu-like symptoms in the evening. At 5am my mum noticed a rash and alarm bells rang, as soon as she saw the rash she thought it was meningitis and rang an ambulance.”
Amy was diagnosed with meningococcal septicaemia and spent three weeks in intensive care. Amy initially lost toes on both feet and part of her left heel, and recently had her left leg amputated below the knee.
Lucy added, “It was terrifying. We never thought it would happen to someone we knew and it was only through Amy’s illness that we learnt about a lot of the possible after-effects. We’re getting used to it as a family, and it has brought us closer together.”
Since Amy’s recovery Lucy has done a variety of fundraising for MRF including a bungee jump and taking on the Three peaks challenge and has raised over £5,000 and has no plans to stop. “I’m really scared of heights so I was really nervous! Amy was recently made a regional ambassador for the charity so it’s wonderful to be able to support them and the work they do helping families like ours.”
To support Lucy’s fundraising efforts please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/lucy-davis9
Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Lucy 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 Lucy’s parachute jump and the other fundraising she has done on our behalf will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our work.”
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