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Team Alexis Rose take on new challenges

9th November 2023

A huge thank you to the tireless Team Alexis Rose who have been at it again – busily raising awareness of meningitis and massive funds to help fight it.

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“We’re more determined than ever to continue Alexis’s fight."

Their latest exploits have seen Team Alexis Rose taking to the gym for an amazing array of challenges.

The team keep alive the memory of founder Alan and Ruth Glynn’s young daughter Alexis Rose through positive action.

First up was a charity rowathon on 23 September, which featured a number of gyms from the Perth and Kinross community. That event, at Claymore CrossFit Gym in Perth, raised a fabulous £450.

This was followed the next day by a punching, rowing and skiing for awareness day at Grangemouth Girlcode Box Gym. Twelve hours of activity, including several marathons on the skiing and rowing machines, saw the team punching above their weight by raising a brilliant £2,863.

The third event saw the team members come together in Perth’s Club 300 Gym for the Superteams challenge on 7 October. This added a wonderful £850 to the kitty.

What an event

Team Alexis Rose founder Alan Glynn told us: “What an event we had for Superteams, raising money and hitting our £800 target.

“Our Superteam were David, Kirsty, Claire and Mitch with our Superwoman being Gemma and Superman being Willem!

“We loved it, and the night out afterwards.

“Thank you to everyone involved in the set-up, the staff, the members helping out, those donating and of course team members for getting put through the wringer.”

Latest in a long line

These events are the latest in a long line of challenges that the indefatigable people who make up Team Alexis Rose have set themselves over the years. These include a virtual John O’Groats to Land’s End challenge in 2021 and 19 x 5k walks or runs a month throughout 2022, as well as the Leeds Half Marathon and the long-distance West Highland Way walk.

The team has raised some £200,000 to fight meningitis and has no plans to stop any time soon.

Team Alexis Rose is named in memory of Alan and Ruth Glynn’s young daughter, who died from meningitis 12 years ago.

Alan told us: “Alexis Rose, our beautiful baby daughter, was 19 months old when she died very suddenly of meningitis.

“She had bags of personality and was by nature a fighter – born nearly three months early and weighing 2lb 12 ounces, she spent a while in hospital alongside her twin sister Christina, but quickly grew in strength.

Always laughing

“She was always laughing and making us laugh. We will never forget her toothy smile and the way she would look over to make sure people were watching before she did something naughty.

“She was so happy and healthy and we never dreamed that anything could ever take her away from us, but meningitis ended her life within hours.

“We’re more determined than ever to continue Alexis’s fight and we refuse to let meningitis beat us. We’ll continue to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease and funds for Meningitis Now to fight back against it.

“It’s all about trying to make people aware and educate them and we will do this as much as we can.”

Our Chief Executive Tom Nutt, added: “As always, we’re so grateful to Team Alexis Rose and everyone who throws themselves with such energy and enthusiasm into its ongoing work to spread awareness of meningitis and funds to help defeat it in the UK within a generation – thank you.”