Norwich student’s mega-cycle to raise funds in memory of his dad

Norwich student’s mega-cycle to raise funds in memory of his dad

15 July 2017

Alastair Barrows, a sixth form student from Norwich cycled 310 miles in 20 hours non-stop, to raise funds for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF), in memory of his dad who sadly died from meningitis.

The 17 year old who attends City of Norwich School sixth form began his enormous challenge on Saturday 8 July. Setting off from Hethersett social club at 8am, Alastair first cycled to London, then through the night he powered through to Dunwich, finally arriving back at Hethersett social club the following morning.

Alastair’s dad, Andrew Basil Barrows, was taken ill on Christmas day in 2002 and sadly passed away two days later at the age of 47. The cause of death was later found to be pneumococcal meningitis.

Alastair explained, “I was hoping to complete the cycle in 26 hours but I beat my target and finished in 20 hours. The last few miles were definitely the hardest but I think it was the adrenaline that kept me going. My goal is to raise money for this amazing charity to stop other families going through what myself and my family have gone through. 

“I have already raised thousands for MRF but I want to do more to prevent this awful disease. I am hoping this will be my biggest and best fundraiser yet and my target is to raise £5,000. I appreciate any donations from the local community.”

Donations can be made through Alastair’s fundraising page

Rob Dawson, Head of Support at MRF said, “We’re really grateful to Alastair for taking on this huge challenge. Babies, toddlers and young adults are most at risk of meningitis and septicaemia, however these diseases can strike anyone, of any age, at any time. The funds Alastair is working so hard to raise will be used to support MRF's lifesaving research into the prevention, detection and early treatment of meningitis. It will also allow us to continue raising awareness of the disease and support those affected.”

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m MRF's PR Manager.

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