Caring couple raise £11,275 to defeat meningitis

17th July 2015

A couple twice touched by meningitis are retiring from hosting annual charity garden gatherings after 14 successful years and raising over £11,000 for Meningitis Now

Marion and Jim
Marion Smith, of Priory Drive, Plympton, started supporting Meningitis Now after her son Phillip, then a toddler, and ex-brother-in-law, Peter Kitchen, survived the disease.

“We’ve enjoyed hosting many garden parties and other fundraisers to fight the horrendous disease, but it’s tiring and we’re of a certain age.”

“It’s sad to call it a day because many who’ve enjoyed the parties voiced their sadness.”

“We’ve loved hosting so many people and are delighted with the amount raised.”

Marion Smith

Marion, 76, and partner 80-year-old Jim Porthouse’s latest event saw dozens of people, including annual attendee professional golfer Scott Drummond, raise £1,425 to boost the total to £11,275.

Craftsman and green-fingered Jim sold homemade garden furniture and plants.

Meningitis Now founder Steve Dayman, who has known Marion for around 20 years and attends every year, ran a cake stall on June 4. Mr Dayman MBE launched the UK’s meningitis movement after losing his baby son Spencer to the disease in 1982.

The couple celebrated retirement with a meal at The Brook Inn, Plympton, and presented Mr Dayman with a cheque.

“Marion and Jim epitomise loyal support.”

“I’ll miss their fundraisers, but I thank them for everything they’ve done.”

“Their efforts have saved lives and advanced the eradication of meningitis.”

“However, I’d be surprised if they completely call it a day.”

“Without dedicated supporters like them, we couldn’t continue to fund pioneering preventative research, raise lifesaving awareness and support people affected.”

Steve Dayman MBE

Marion and Jim

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