Rhayader girl runs for charity after surviving meningitis

Rhayader girl runs for charity after surviving meningitis

20 January 2012

A nine year old girl from Rhayader has successfully raised funds for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) after surviving the dreadful disease.

Cerys Mills, from Rhayader, set herself the gruelling challenge of completing the annual Gwastedyn Hill Race earlier this year. Cerys completed the race in 55:54 minutes, a time to be proud of.

The race is part of the Rhayader Carnival week which takes place every year in July. The course is about 4 miles long and includes a very steep hill.

Cerys chose to raise money for MRF as she contracted meningococcal septicaemia in 2003 at the age of 14 months. Having now collected in all the sponsor money, Cerys is delighted to have raised a fantastic total of £400.

Cerys’ mum, Shan, said: “Cerys was very lucky. Although she was very poorly at the time and had to be hospitalised, including three days in intensive care at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, she survived the disease with no after effects. I am immensely proud of Cerys for raising money for MRF and would like to thank all of her sponsors.”

Genna Vizard, Community Fundraiser at MRF said: “We are so grateful to Cerys for completing this challenge on our behalf. Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases that can leave a baby, child or adult fighting for their life within hours of the first symptoms. It has helped to raise much-needed funds for our vital work to fight meningitis and septicaemia.”

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

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