Carly's Marathon challenge

14th April 2019

An Epping woman is taking on this year’s London Marathon to say thank you for her son surviving devastating meningitis

Carly to tackle London Marathon for meningitis survivor George blog

Carly Minnis’s son George was just 20 months old when he was rushed to hospital in 2017. He had contracted MenW and septicaemia and went on to suffer organ failure. 

But, thanks to the amazing hospital staff at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, George went on to make a good recovery.

Close to my heart

Carly, who is taking on the marathon on Sunday 28 April for us, said, “After George caught meningitis I promised I would try to help raise money for this great charity, which is close to my heart."

“Although to run 26.2 miles will be a huge challenge to me, I am determined to do it and will be thinking of our gorgeous George the whole way round to get me through."

The 33-year-old mother of three added, “As George’s strain of meningitis was rare it was hard to get advice on what to do next. Meningitis Now offered practical advice and support when we were at our lowest."

Count our blessings

“We count our blessings every day for our gorgeous George but many people aren’t as lucky as us."

“Meningitis can devastate families so please donate and raise money to help people who haven’t been as fortunate as us and to help raise awareness of this illness.”

You can support Carly’s efforts on her charity page at

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