Danny Sweatman from Rackheath near Norwich and his family have raised a staggering £100,000 for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).
Sadly in 1991 Danny’s brother Joe died from pneumococcal meningitis at just seven weeks old. The following year his brother Ryan was born and grew up to be a lovable, caring person adored by all his family and many friends. Then tragedy struck the family again in January 2012 when Ryan was also lost cruelly to meningococcal septicaemia. Ryan was just 19 years old and died while he was at university.
A remembrance fund was set up for Ryan, and with the £100,000 mark in sight, Danny organised a meningitis awareness week in the local community and a charity ball to raise the extra £10,000 needed to take them past their impressive fundraising milestone. Both events were a huge success.
The meningitis awareness week took place from the 27 - 31 March at the school where Danny works as a teacher, Aylsham High School. With the help of his friends, colleagues and students it was an action packed week involving a huge bake sale, a staff ‘boot camp’ and dodgeball with students cheering them on, film showings, and 500 students ran 5km. The school raised £4000 and learned about the symptoms of meningitis along the way.
An evening ball on Saturday 1 April at Oxnead Hall was another success involving fine dining, music from the acoustic duo Cally Gee and Ollie Johnson, an auction and a raffle. The night brought in over £6000.