Wanstead woman to run marathon in memory of sister who died of meningitis

Wanstead woman to run marathon in memory of sister who died of meningitis

18 April 2012

A local woman from Wanstead, whose younger sister died of meningococcal septicaemia last year, will be running a marathon for the first time this weekend (Sunday 22nd April) to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

Sarah Nickle (29), of Cowley Road will be joining thousands of other runners in the world famous Virgin London Marathon and hopes to raise nearly £4,000 for MRF, a charity very close to her heart.

Sarah said: “my younger sister Tara who was only 25 had recently returned from her post-university travels to our home city of Belfast and started work teaching kids with special needs. She had moved into her first flat just one day before she fell seriously ill and was admitted to hospital.. My brother and I flew from London, arriving to join our parents shortly before she passed away. Tara taught me many things, especially to 'go for it' in life, so despite never having run seriously before, I'm doing this for her - and to raise desperately needed funds for a very worthwhile cause.”

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Sarah for taking on the challenge of the marathon as we rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. Every penny raised through her efforts in the Marathon will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our work.”

To support Sarah go to: http://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Nickle-Murphy-2012

For information on the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, you can call the Freefone helpline on 080 8800 3344, visit our symptoms page or download the free app from I-tunes ‘Meningitis – Know the Symptoms’.

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

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