Two time meningitis survivor to tackle Bupa 10k

Two time meningitis survivor to tackle Bupa 10k

21 May 2014

Rob Marrs, 22, from Orpington, has set himself the gruelling challenge of competing in the Bupa London 10k for us on Sunday. 

Rob, along with his girlfriend Sarah Skipper, will be running his first 10K on Sunday 25 May, to help other suffers of meningitis like himself.

Rob said: “I have been a victim of bacterial meningitis twice, which is very rare, and I’m also very lucky as I’ve survived on both occasions. The first time I was diagnosed was when I was 18, in April 2010. The second time was very recent, in December 2013.

I would love to do this run to help raise more awareness of how awful this disease is, as not many people are aware of it, and I've also heard of so many cases where is has been misdiagnosed... I’m extremely lucky to be where I am today. Completing this run would be a fantastic achievement as it would make me feel like I have given something back to Meningitis Research Foundation.”

If you wish to sponsor Rob and Sarah you can visit their online donation page at:

Christopher Head, Chief Executive at Meningitis Research Foundation said: “We are extremely grateful to Rob and Sarah for running the Bupa London 10k in May on our behalf. As they are sadly aware meningitis and septicaemia are deadly diseases which can strike without warning, killing in hours. We rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of the diseases and support those affected, so every penny they raiseby running in this race will make a huge difference to us.”

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m MRF's PR Manager.

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