Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Team Alexis Rose plan a busy year to fight meningitis

Andy Hopkinson | 16th December 2021

The dream team is back together with another epic challenge in memory of Perth toddler Alexis Rose

Team Alexis Rose fundraising to fight meningitis

This time, fresh from having smashed their John O’Groats to Land’s End challenge earlier this year, Team Alexis Rose have set themselves the target of completing 19 5k runs or walks each month for a year, starting in February.

The 19 Alexis Rose Challenge (ARC) is the latest event to remember Alexis Rose, who died from meningitis at the age of 19 months, and also to raise awareness about the common signs and symptoms and risks of meningitis, at the start of what promises to be a busy year for the fundraising fanatics.

Once again, it’s the inspiration of Alexis Rose’s parents Alan and Ruth Glynn, but as with all their challenges, it’s a team thing and it’s the teamwork and team spirit that will make the ARC so special and so meaningful.

12-month challenge

The 19 Alexis Rose Challenge will see the team committing to 19 5k walks or runs, or the equivalent, each month. It’s a 12-month challenge, which will include group events and raising awareness. Team members have the option to walk or run, to ensure it’s inclusive for everyone.

The Challenge starts on 5 February 2022, the anniversary of Alexis Rose’s death, and those taking part are Annette McCole, Danny Murray, Dave McCartney, Davie Stewart, Daz Finlayson, David Keep, Euan Mcathur, Ian Hutchison, Jamie Ayton, Jordan Black, Kirsteen Chan, Lana Macdougall, Laura Armstrong, Lee Kerr, Mark Alison, Nicole Ewing, Ruth Glynn, Tamara Giacopazzi, Debbie Macdougall, Alan Glynn, Amber Dlugolecka, Tina Dlugolecka, Glen Fettes and Teri Montgomery. 

Bags of personality

Alan told us: “Alexis Rose, our beautiful baby daughter, was 19 months old when she died very suddenly of meningitis in 2011. 

“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. 

“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 decided to continue Alexis's fight and refuse to let meningitis beat us, by raising money and awareness of this disease for Meningitis Now.”

Thank you to the sponsor

A big thank you goes to the main sponsor for the event, the award-winning F&K hair lounge and its co-owners Lee Kerr and Glen Fettes. As well as paying for the team kit and medals for those completing the challenge, they’ll be making a donation towards our lifesaving and life-changing work once the challenge is complete.

On top of that, they’re both taking on the challenge. They told us:

“We’re delighted to be part of the 19 Alexis Rose Challenge and to play our part in fighting back against meningitis. We all know the devastation this disease causes and anything we can do support Team Alexis Rose we’re more than happy to do.”

To support the team visit the fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/19arc

Closer to defeating meningitis

Our Executive Founder, Steve Dayman, added: “I’d like to wish everyone taking part in The 19 Alexis Rose Challenge the best of luck and thank them for everything they’re doing to support our work as we look towards defeating meningitis in the UK within a generation. Every step they take on this challenge will move us ever closer to achieving this.”

Of course, one challenge is never enough for the committed bunch of fundraisers that is Team Alexis Rose. In what’s looking like a busy year for those involved they’re also entering the Leeds Half Marathon on 8 May next year, with runners including Alan Glynn, Alison Hobson, Dave Stewart, Jamie Ayton, Leta McEwan and Nikki Young. 

And this will be followed by tackling the West Highland Way in August 2022, with a team comprising Chris Murray, Kirsteen Chan, Lana Macdougall, Alan Glynn, Daz Finlayson and Stu Henderson.

Thanks everybody for everything you’re doing and we look forward to reporting back on progress.