Nicky McClure and her daughters Megan and Mia are regional Ambassadors for MRF in Dorset, and accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity.
Rob Dawson, Head of Support at MRF, said, “We’re grateful to Tim and everyone at the golf club. The funds they have all worked so hard to raise will be used to support MRF's lifesaving research into the prevention, detection and early treatment of meningitis. It will also allow us to continue raising awareness of the disease and supporting those affected.”
MRF estimates that there have been on average around 3,200 cases of meningitis and septicaemia every year in the UK. They are deadly diseases that can strike without warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life altering after-effects ranging from deafness and brain damage to loss of limbs.
Early symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell. Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion. The symptoms can be similar to flu but become rapidly worse.