Cycling challenge in memory of brother

30th November 2016

A dedicated team of fundraisers, including our founder’s son Steve, is taking on a virtual London to Paris bike ride to raise money for us

Cycling challenge blog

The team of 20 from Hunter Healthcare in London will start their Wattbike relay challenge at 5am on Friday 2 December and hopes to complete the 238 miles distance between the capitals by midnight.

They’re hoping to raise £1,000 for our work towards a future where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need.  Each cyclist will ride for 30 minutes on the indoor bike before handing over to a colleague to keep momentum going.

Ben James, Managing Director at Hunter Healthcare, said: “We’ll keep going through the working day and aim to cover the distance by midnight. But we’ll keep going, and see just how far we can go. It’s for a great cause and one that is very close to our hearts.” 

Founder’s son taking part

He said: “In 1982, when my brother Spencer died from meningitis, there were no charities set up and limited support and information available to bereaved families. My parents founded the first parent support group which became the first charity and has gone on to become Meningitis Now, the UK’s biggest meningitis charity.”

“There’s been monumental progress in the 30 years since Meningitis Now was founded – they have funded research, provided support and worked to raise the public’s awareness of the disease. There’s still plenty to do though to stop the disease devastating more lives and raising money for such an important cause will really help in consigning meningitis to the history books.”

To support the team’s efforts visit the Just Giving page.

Harry Gardner, Corporate Fundraiser at Meningitis Now, said: “We’re so grateful to Ben, Steve and everyone who is taking part in the challenge. Their efforts will make a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.”