Tooting lady tackles Virgin London Marathon in memory of friend who died of meningitis

Tooting lady tackles Virgin London Marathon in memory of friend who died of meningitis

28 March 2013

Adel Whitworth (29), from Tooting whose friend died from meningitis at the age of 18 will be running her second marathon in April to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation.

Adel will be joining thousands of other runners on 21 April in the Virgin London Marathon many of whom like her will be raising vital funds for charities across the UK.

Adel said: “In 2001 my close friend Jennie Warr died from Meningitis, a few years later my cousin Becky also had the disease but luckily she survived. In 2011 I ran the London Marathon for the first time as it was the 10th anniversary of Jennie’s death, now 12 years on and to mark her 30th birthday I am running again. I continue to be shocked by the amount of people who I meet who have had the disease or know someone who has. I was delighted to hear recently that a vaccine for Men B has been given a licence we just need to make sure it's available to everyone as soon as possible to prevent further deaths and disability. 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.”

Adel hopes to complete the race in less than 4 hours and you can sponsor her at:

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Adel 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. ”

Sam Williams
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