Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Following in Dad's fundraising footsteps

Andy Hopkinson | 21st September 2021

They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – and that saying is certainly proven by the fundraising exploits of three of our executive founder Steve Dayman’s sons

Steve Dayman's sons run Bristol Half Marathon for Meningitis Now

Last weekend saw both Seb and Stevie Dayman taking on and successfully completing the Bristol Half Marathon. Their efforts have raised over £2,000 so far towards our lifesaving and life-changing work, with more still coming in.

Stevie said: "With the city of Bristol being at the forefront of vaccine research with the Spencer Dayman Meningitis Laboratories at the University of Bristol, this seemed an apt place to celebrate my brother Spencer’s legacy, as we approach what would have been his 40th birthday next week.”

Not to be outdone, Steve’s No. 4 son Oliver ran 15 miles on his own in Killarney on Sunday as well, which the family hopes will bring in some money.

Really proud

Steve told us: “I’m really proud of Seb, Stevie and Oliver, not just for completing the half marathon and the Killarney run, but for taking on the fundraising mantle and helping to raise such valuable meningitis awareness. 

“It’s particularly poignant as next week – 28 of September – would have been my son Spencer’s 40th birthday.”

You can read Spencer’s story here.

Steve Dayman's sons run Bristol Half Marathon for Meningitis Now

Steve of course is no slouch when it comes to fundraising himself. His 34th and last long-distance walk around the coast of Northern Ireland was four years ago and realised £30,000.

The miles he walked then added to the 12,000 he’d covered for us over the years since he launched Meningitis Now and the money raised added to the £2 million he’d already raised from walks alone in that time – an amazing achievement!

Family as determined as ever

Steve told us: “That walk may have been my last long-distance walk, but that doesn’t mean my family and I are not as determined as ever to do all we can to beat the scourge of meningitis.

“Every year thousands more lives are impacted by this devastating disease and the fight against it is far from over – to think so just puts lives at risk.”

Congratulations Seb, Stevie and Oliver and thanks for following in Dad’s footsteps.

If you’d like to support their efforts please visit the JustGiving page here.