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, 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