The Somerset and Dorset Metal Detecting Club in collaboration with Allowenshay Farm, Somerset, have raised £1,450 for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) in memory of Julie Perkins.
Julie from Fivehead near Ilminster in Somerset, tragically died from meningococcal septicaemia in January 2018 at the age of 51.
Friends of Julie wanted to raise money for MRF and so the farm owners and the metal detecting club organised a fundraising rally for metal detectors at Allowenshay Farm.
Metal detectors made donations to take part in the event and to access to the farmland. In addition, a raffle was held with the combined proceeds going to the charity. The event was a big success with £1,450 raised.
A cheque presentation was held at Allowenshay Farm on Tuesday 30 October in which MRF accepted the cheque from Nick Rutter of Allowenshay Farm and Mike Charles and Tony Gibbs from the metal detecting club.
Julie’s family recently wrote about her on MRF’s website and said that she is, “…remembered so positively for her kindness and beauty both inside and out.”
Rob Dawson, Director of Support at MRF said, “We are saddened to hear of Julie’s story and our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends. Our support team is here to help anyone affected by meningitis and septicaemia.
“We would like to thank the Somerset and Dorset Metal Detecting Club and Allowenshay Farm for raising funds for MRF in Julie’s memory. These vital funds will help to continue our research, awareness and support programmes.”
Read Julie's story here.