Two sisters tackle Great South Run

Two sisters tackle Great South Run

13 August 2012

Two sisters from Portsmouth have set themselves a gruelling challenge - completing the Great South Run on Sunday 28th October 2012 for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

Danielle Jeffery and Joanne Moore signed up for the challenge after their mum recently contracted bacterial meningitis in March 2012.

Danielle and Joanne said: “In March our mum contracted bacterial meningitis and was critically ill. She spent 16 days in hospital, 3 of which were under sedation. We were told by the doctors that it would be hour by hour as to whether she would live. The whole family kept a bedside vigil and prayed for her recovery. After a week in intensive care she started to respond to antibiotics and recognise the family. Thankfully she is now back at home and is making progress with her recovery.

The symptoms our mum experienced were so similar to flu so it’s really important that everyone is aware of them and seek medical advice as soon as possible. Having experienced firsthand what meningitis is and seeing how quickly it can affect someone, we wanted to help by raising awareness and funds for MRF to continue their work.”

Chris Head, Chief Executive at MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Danielle and Joanne agreeing to run on behalf of MRF in the Great South Run and wish them well for all the race – we’ll be there cheering them on! We rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia, so every pound raised by them taking part in this event will make a huge difference and enables us to continue our work.”

To support Danielle and Joanne please visit their Justgiving page at: http://http//

If you would like further information about how you can sign up to take part in the Great South Run in Portsmouth on 28th October for Meningitis Research Foundation, please contact Nikki May on 01454 280415 or email:

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m MRF's PR Manager.

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