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Stafford man’s marathon effort to help beat meningitis

Stafford man’s marathon effort to help beat meningitis

20 April 2012

Stafford man Neil Burrell, whose friend’s daughter nearly died of meningitis, will be running his first marathon this weekend (Sunday 22nd April) to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

Neil (31), of Beaconside, has signed up to take part in the world famous Virgin London Marathon and hopes to raise approximately £2,000 for MRF, a charity very close to her heart.

Neil said: “the daughter of one of my close friends had meningococcal septicaemia in 2008. Georgia spent 2 weeks in ICU and a total of 5 weeks in hospital. As a result of the disease she had parts of her fingers and toes amputated, her hearing has been affected and her kidneys only recovered to 83%. I have seen the devastating effects of meningitis first hand and as a parent myself I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through what Carrie, Carl and their family did. Georgia is an absolute inspiration to me and my family and I just wanted to give something back to MRF so they can continue to research this terrible disease. “

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Neil for his fantastic efforts as we rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. Every penny raised through his efforts in the Marathon will make a huge difference and will enable us to continue our work.”

To support Neil, please go to http://www.justgiving.com/Neil-Burrell

For information on the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, you can call the Freefone helpline on 080 8800 3344, visit our symptoms page or download the free app from I-tunes ‘Meningitis – Know the Symptoms’.


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