Southwell student takes on Virgin London Marathon in memory of friend who died of meningitis
01 April 2013
Sarah Bury (21), from Southwell whose friend died from meningitis at the age of 18 will be running her first marathon in April to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation.
Sarah who is studying medicine at Bristol University 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.
Sarah said: “In my last year at boarding school one of my closest and most fantastic friends, Thommy Purbrook, passed away from meningitis. She contracted the illness while we were on a school trip to Russia and she never came back. It was hard losing a friend so quickly at such a young age and carrying on the last year of school without her was exceptionally hard. I am in my third year studying medicine and its shown me how vital charities like Meningitis Research Foundation are for finding cures and treatments for diseases such as meningitis. 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 supporting those affected by it.”
Sarah hopes to complete the race in four hours and you can sponsor her at: http://www.justgiving.com/SarahBury1
Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Sarah for raising money for Meningitis Research Foundation and taking on the challenge of the Virgin London Marathon once again on our behalf. She sadly knows how meningitis strikes people of all ages and kills one in 10 people who contract the disease. 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 her efforts will make a huge difference. ”