Shoreditch solicitor to tackle Virgin London Marathon in memory of brother who died of meningitis
09 April 2013
A solicitor from Shoreditch whose brother died of meningitis as a baby will be running his first marathon in April to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation.
Jonathon Milne (28) 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.
Jonathon said: “ I've chosen to run the Virgin London Marathon this year both as a personal challenge and, more importantly, to help raise awareness for a cause that has had a huge impact on my family. My older brother Simon contracted meningitis in 1977 when he was in Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth, New Zealand and he sadly died. By taking part in the race, I hope to raise awareness of this terrible disease and how quickly it strikes and help Meningitis Research Foundation continue their work into beating the disease and supporting those affected by it.”
Jonathon hopes to complete the race in under 3 hours 30 minutes and you can sponsor him at: http://www.justgiving.com/Jonathon-Milne
Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Jonathon for raising money for Meningitis Research Foundation and taking on the challenge of the Virgin London marathon in April. His family have experienced how quickly meningitis strikes, especially in babies, and how important it is to get medical attention quickly. 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 in the London Marathon will make a huge difference. ”
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