Badminton marathon to smash meningitis

1st November 2015

A charity badminton-a-thon at Morpeth’s Riverside Leisure Centre has raised an amazing £2,600 to fight back against meningitis

Badminton fundraiser
The 24-hour event, organised by the centre’s badminton coach Karen Davison in July, saw over 35 of the club’s members, aged between 6 and 70, take part.

“I organise a charity event every year for a different local charity, but this year wanted to raise money for the Meningitis Now charity, who have supported a family relative of two members of my club."

“The Riverside Leisure Centre donated the courts for free and Yehlex UK donated good quality shuttles to help us run the event, so all the sponsor money raised will go directly to the charity."

“I am delighted with the amount we have raised and am grateful to those players who gave up their time for this fantastic charity.”

Karen Davison

“My son Jack contracted meningitis when he was three-weeks-old."

“We were lucky in catching the meningitis early, so Jack has thankfully made a full recovery and is now a beautiful and healthy four-year-old boy."

“The reason we took Jack to hospital was because he was slightly hot and, as first time parents, we wanted peace of mind. We were told that if we had waited till the morning to take Jack then the outcome would have probably been much worse."

“The decision to take Jack to hospital was at the time a toss of the coin with deciding to take him or not. We were very lucky we decided to take Jack and I’m thankful every day for that decision and can’t stress enough the importance of being able to understand and recognise the potential signs of meningitis to parents.”

Chris Stone, Karen's friend

"We’re really grateful to Karen and everyone who took part in this event.” 

Steve Dayman MBE, Founder of Meningitis Now