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 fundraise for Meningitis Now with annual garden parties

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