Ten runners from Ace Liftaway in Romsey will each complete a 2.6 mile leg of the Barratt Homes Romsey Relay marathon relay for the charity Meningitis Now on Sunday.
The recent meningitis experience of employee Helen Liddell, Recycling Co-ordinator at Ace Liftaway, made them determined to support the fight against meningitis in this year’s race.
“Last year I was taken ill quite suddenly after complaining of severe headaches and neck and back pain, which then progressed into sickness, dislike of bright lights and cold feet,” Helen said
“After being taken to hospital, it was initially suspected I had TB meningitis, but I was later diagnosed with severe viral meningitis. After being on an anti-viral drip for a week and dismissed from hospital, I then had a three month course of anti-viral tablets and have now thankfully made a full recovery.”
Helen is even participating in the Relay Marathon!
The relay marathon, first run in 2013, takes place on Sunday in Broadlands and is expected to attract between 70 and 80 teams this year, the highest turnout to date. Relay runners carry a chipped baton which allows them to track their individual and team times.
The Ace Liftaway team hopes to raise at least £1,000 and has created a Just Giving page for anyone who would like to support them. Proceeds will be shared between us and two other causes -Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy Fight Fund and Leukaemia Busters.
Poppy Belas, Marketing Assistant at Ace Liftaway, added, “The other two charities that we are raising funds for have also been carefully selected due to being close to the hearts of some of our participants. It’s important to us as a team to raise as much money for these worthwhile causes as we can, and of course have some fun whilst doing so!”
The event happens just before we hold our fourth annual Viral Meningitis Awareness Week, Be Vocal About Viral (2 to 8 May).
The week aims to dispel myths and misconceptions that the viral form of the disease is not dangerous and always ‘mild’ and raise awareness to inform the public, health professionals and employers about the true impact.