Oldham man takes on Virgin London Marathon in honour of niece who he lost to meningitis
06 April 2013
Kevin Holder (47), from Oldham whose niece died from meningitis in 1991 will be running his first marathon in April to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).
Kevin has taken part in the Great Manchester run in aid of MRF for many years but this year has signed up to take part in the world famous Virgin London Marathon on 21 April alongside thousands of other runners, many of whom, will be raising vital funds for charities across the UK.
He said: “My niece, Sophie was taken to the Doctor on a Friday afternoon and then rushed to the nearby hospital. A few hours passed before a consultant paediatrician was available to review Sophie’s case. During this time a rash had developed on parts of her body and she had become much quieter than normal. Sophie was given an injection of antibiotics and her parents (advised by the paediatrician) were told that she was very poorly and would need careful attention but she sadly passed away at 4.00am. We need charities like MRF to research the disease, ensure people are aware about how to spot the symptoms and support those who lose a loved one or have a lifetime of after effects.
By taking part in the Virgin London Marathon I hope to raise awareness of this terrible disease and how quickly it strikes and help Meningitis Research Foundation continue their research and support those affected by it.”
Kevin hopes to complete the race in 4 hours and 15 minutes and you can sponsor him at: http://www.justgiving.com/Kevin-Holder1
Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Kevin for raising money for Meningitis Research Foundation and taking on the challenge of the Virgin London marathon in April. His family sadly know how quickly meningitis strikes people of all ages and especially babies and toddlers. We rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. So every penny raised through his efforts will make a huge difference. ”