Parents who lost daughter to meningitis take on marathon challenges

Parents who lost daughter to meningitis take on marathon challenges

03 April 2014

Kevin and Sara Peach from Swadlincote who lost their three year old daughter Katie to meningococcal septicaemia in December 2011 have set themselves two marathon challenges this year to raise funds for  Meningitis Research Foundation.

On Sunday 6 April, Sara will join nearly 18,000 runners on the south coast for the Brighton Marathon in her first ever running event and is hoping to finish the race in under 5 hours.

On Saturday 30 August, Kevin will be taking part in a marathon cycling event – Ride 24. Cycling 300 miles from London to Newcastle in just 24 hours, an epic challenge for someone who has only cycled 100 miles in one go!

Kevin and Sara said: “ Everyone did everything they could to save Katie's life but sadly it was not meant to be. She spent one day short of two weeks fighting the disease before she passed away with her family around her.”

“Since we lost Katie we have been fundraising to help the hospital that treated her but this year we decided to take part in two personal challenges to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation. We hope that this money will go towards MRF's research into meningitis and hopefully one day making it a disease of the past so families don’t have to experience what we did.”

To sponsor Sara and Kevin please visit their Justgiving page at:

Christopher Head, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) said: “We are extremely grateful to Sara for taking on Brighton Marathon this weekend and to Kevin for his marathon cycling event in August. Sadly they know better than anyone how quickly this disease can strike and the devastation it leaves behind. The money they raise through theses challenges will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia."

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

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