Surbiton man tackles Virgin London Marathon after beating meningitis as a baby
03 April 2013
Joseph Hoare (33), from St Marks Hill who contracted pneumococcal meningitis when he was 6 months old will be running his first marathon in April to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation.
Joe 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.
He said: “As a 6 month old baby I had pneumococcal meningitis, which at the time the doctors said there was a one in a million chance of catching. The symptoms were all present but the doctors kept dismissing it but eventually they became so severe I was rushed to hospital and my parents were told the next 48 hours were critical. I was read my last rights by my local priest but thankfully I survived. It is something I have not really discussed with anyone I know but having 2 children myself it has made me realize how fortunate I was. 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 work into beating the disease and supporting those affected by it."
Joseph hopes to complete the race in under 4 hours and you can sponsor him at: http://www.justgiving.com/Joe-Hoare
Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Joseph 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. ”