Team to carry piano up Pen Y Fan in memory of local child who died of meningitis

Team to carry piano up Pen Y Fan in memory of local child who died of meningitis

11 February 2014

A team of 6 men from Wallasey are planning on carrying a piano up Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons to raise funds for Meningitis Research Foundation.

Steve Price (builder), Dave Joyce (retired paramedic), Phil Rylance (retired CID), Danny Kinnear (Farmers Arms lubrication technician), Martin Currums (Mechanical Engineer) and Tommy Price (retired soldier) have all undertaken a rigorous training regime which has included carrying back packs of concrete blocks up some steep local hills in preparation for the event which takes place on 20-22 February 2014.

Steve said: “The reason we have decided to take on this mountainous challenge is that one of our friends Leigh Tierney lost his son Daniel to meningitis in June 2009 when he was 2 years old. We hear so much in the news about families losing loved ones to the disease or being severely disabled as a result that we wanted to raise as much as possible to help with research. This challenge stands at 886m high and is part of the Special Armed Forces selection criteria. The piano I am carrying on my back is almost the same weight as me but we hope it will inspire people to support us.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor the team should go to their Justgiving Page:

Christopher Head, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation said: “Sadly too many young lives like Daniel’s have been lost to this terrible disease. We’re so grateful to Steve and his team for taking on the ‘Piano Fan’ Dance and the money raised will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia.

"Many parents are not aware that their children are not protected against all strains of the disease. There is currently no vaccine available in the UK and Ireland against the most common cause of meningitis - meningococcal B infection (MenB).

A new vaccine against MenB is currently under consideration by the JCVI (the committee that advises Government on vaccines) and we are campaigning hard for it to be introduced as soon as possible. Vaccines have almost eliminated many types of meningitis and septicaemia but they still present a very real threat to our children so make sure you know the symptoms, trust your instincts and seek medical help.”

Media contacts: Anyone wishing to speak to the team or set up interviews should contact Steve Price on: 07835733706

For further information on Meningitis Research Foundation please contact Becky Pierce-Jones on 01454 280416/ Out of hours please call the media mobile on: 07551 968850

Notes to Editors:
  • MRF estimates that there are around 3,200 cases of meningitis and septicaemia every year in the UK. They are easily mistaken for milder illnesses, but unlike a dose of flu can kill within hours and may cause serious, life-long disabilities. As many as one in ten of those affected will die and a third of survivors will be left with after-effects, some as serious as brain damage, amputations, blindness and hearing loss.
  • We have invested £17 million on 140 research projects since the charity was launched 25 years ago. 
  • We spend around £1m annually supporting those affected and raising awareness. Our Freefone helpline – 080 8800 3344 – provides information to the general public and those affected by the disease. 
  • We provide symptoms information, research and case studies on this site

Sam Williams
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